Friday, August 28, 2009

Asom Government failed to protect Majuli: Samujjal Bhattacharyya

JORHAT, Aug 28: The Government of Asom as well as the Brahmaputra Board has failed to protect the riverine island Majuli. All the projects executed in Majuli have failed due to the shortsightedness of the Government since decades. Majuli has turned to a profitable hub for the politicians and the government officials as they have been siphoning off public money through implementation of various schemes, said AASU adviser Dr Samujjal Kumar Bhattacharyya, expressing his reaction before The Sentinel after visiting the erosion-affected areas here today. The students’ leader also said it is a matter of shame that the Brahmaputra Board has been trying to prevent the ravages of the mighty Brahmaputra with bamboo to protect Majuli. Pointing out at the lack of a master plan to protect the largest river island of the world, he said this clearly indicates the indifference of the Government to rescue the problem-bound river island.

Criticizing the role of the Government in taking up erosion preventive measures during the monsoons, he however suggested that the Government and the concerned departments should conceive plans during summer and execute them in winter.

The AASU adviser visited the erosion-hit areas of Jengrai, Bengenaati, Bhogpur and Kamalabari. Earlier, he participated at a freshers’ meet at Majuli College during his visit to the river island. THE SENTINEL

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