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Assam to launch awareness programme against superstition

Press Trust of India  |  Guwahati 

The government plans to

introduce an awareness programme -- 'Sanskar'-- in all development blocks and panchayats in the wake of incidents triggered by superstition and ignorance including the lynching of two persons in district.

A decision to this effect was taken at a high-level meeting chaired by here last evening, an official release said today.

"is known all over for its unique hospitality and people coming from all over the country must feel an ambience of friendliness where ever they go in the state," the release said quoting the

Sonowal asked authorities concerned to frame modalities for the programme and a suitable roadmap to implement the programme at all levels of the state so that any unfortunate situation does not arise due to superstitions.

The also informed parents of the two youths, who were killed in district on Friday on the suspicion of being child lifters, about the programme.

The parents advocated the need for generating awareness throughout the state so that society could be empowered to prevent recurrence of such an incident in future, the release said.

They also expressed their willingness to participate in such programmes if the need arises, the release added.

Science Technology and Environment Council (ASTEC) would be the nodal agency and the programme would involve all deputy commissioners, superintendents of police and all government departments concerned in a district, the release said.

Local bodies, womens' organisations, voluntary organizations, media persons, leading citizens, academicians, MPs and MLAs from ruling and opposition parties would be

stakeholders of the programme, the release said.

activist Birubala Rabha, who has been tirelessly fighting against witch-hunting, will also be involved in the programme.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Tue, June 12 2018. 12:00 IST