Saifuddin Soz assures protection for Majuli

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Jorhat, Nov 14 (UNI) Union Minister for Water Resources Saifuddin Soz today visited the flood-ravaged Majuli, the world's largest river island, and assured full cooperation from the Centre to protect it.

Addressing a gathering of representatives of various political and non-political organisations and prominent citizens at Majuli, Mr Soz said the Centre was ready to take up every possible measure to protect the proposed World Heritage site from erosion.

He assured that funds would not be a constraint for Majuli's protection.

He further said that UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi and Prime Minister Manmohan Singh were also aware of the gravity of the problems of the river island, known for its natural beauty and unique cultural heritage.

He declared that a steering committee from the Centre, with a representative from Majuli, would be constituted to monitor the protection measures, adding that the Prime Minister would visit the river island very soon.

The people of Majuli welcomed the Union Minister's declaration but demanded quick action as previous declarations by various ministers had not been implemented properly in the past following which the river island was devastated by the recent series of floods.

The people of Majuli were also preparing for a massive democratic movement from next month.

State Water Resource Minister Bharat Narah, Assam Gana Parishad MP Arun Sarma and higher officials of both the state government and Centre were also present on the occasion.

UNI

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