Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal has said that great civilisations in the world have grown on the bank of the rivers and Assam is blessed to have been located on the bank of the mighty Brahmaputra and Barak.
The Brahmaputra and Barak are the life lines of the people of Assam and the development of the state has been catapulted by these rivers along with their tributaries, Sonowal said at the third edition of Dwijing Festival at Aie River Park in Chirang district on Saturday.
The locational advantage of the state has been enriched by 121 tributaries of the Brahmaputra and 16 of Barak, he said.
Realising this, Sonowal said Assam Government organised Namami Brahmaputra and Namami Barak to use water resources to aid development of the state.
The ongoing Dwijing Festival on the bank of the river Aie is yet another testimony of the states dependence on river, he added.
The chief minister said successful celebrations of these festivals amply testify that good governance is prevailing in the state.
He also expressed the hope that Dwijing Festival will help in the growth of economy of the state with direct ramification of developing livelihood of the people along with their living standard.
Spontaneous participation of the people belonging to different caste, creed, class, culture, in this festival showcased the peaceful co-existence of people in the state, he said, adding, festivals like this would further help in strengthening this harmonious relation and also the state to march forward.
Bodoland Territorial Council (BTC) chief Hagrama Mohilary speaking on the occasion said through Dwijing festival the organisers aimed to showcase the age-old harmonious co-existence in BTAD areas.
Mohilary said the BTC administration is trying to transform this Dwijing festival into a major tourist attraction and is working to celebrate the festival in line with Hornbill festival.
The 12-day festival opened on December 27.
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