SIVASAGAR, Feb 14 – Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal today announced that the Government of Assam would take comprehensive measures for transformation of Sivasagar district as an important tourist destination. Sonowal was addressing the open session of the first International Shiva Festival organized by Shiva Doul Development Board here, coinciding with the Mahashivaratri.
Sivasagar has a rich heritage that glorifies the identity of Assam. The district has all the potential to grow as one of the most sought after tourist destinations. The government will take appropriate measures to boost the districts tourism prospect, he said.
The Chief Minister said that the new tourism policy adopted by the State government would open new opportunities for investment in this sector.
Highlighting the quality of construction of the monuments of the Ahom period, Sonowal urged the people to reinforce harmony, friendship and brotherhood among all communities following the ideals of Chaolung Siu-Ka-Pha and other legendary reformers of the State.
The Chief Minister also released a souvenir that was published to mark the 1st International Shiva Festival.
The open session was also attended by Jorhat MP Kamakhya Prasad Tasa, MLAs Prasanta Phukan, Kushal Dowari, Tapan Gogoi, Jogen Mohan, Sivasagar deputy commissioner Narayan Konwar, Charaideo deputy commissioner Bibekananda Phukan and a host of other dignitaries.
Earlier, the Chief Minister offered his prayer at the historic Shiva Doul on the occasion of Mahashivaratri.
As part of the festival, a seminar on promotion of tourism in Northeast India was also organised, where Prasanta Jyoti Baruah, Executive Editor, The Assam Tribune, called for a change of mindset as a prerequisite to tourism promotion in any place, besides an improved law and order situation.
Prakash Mahanta, senior journalist, Asomiya Pratidin, also addressed the seminar.
Source : http://assamtribune.com