Guwahati, Mar 13: The Assam government has chalked out a massive Rs 114 crore plan to protect and uplift all the 'Satras', the vaishnavite temples in the state.
Intervening on a Zero Hour Motion in the Assembly today, state cultural affairs minister Gautam Bora said there were altogether 135 satras in Assam.
The Satras are typical monasteries of Vaishvanite movement in the state initiated by Sankardeva about 550 years ago.
The state government has directed all the district magistrates to prepare a list of all Satras and draft plans for their revival and renovation.
About Rs eight crores have already been sanctioned from the government's own resources. Of which Rs four crores were released for the renovation of 64 monasteries so far.
Mr Bora assured that the state government would emphasize on the development of these 'Satras', which are an intergral part of state's culture and heritage.