Chaolung Siu-Ka-Pha statue to be installed at Janata Bhawan

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HT Correspondent

JORHAT, Dec 2: Assam chief minister Sarbananda Sonowal on Monday said that a statue of Chaolung Siu-Ka-Pha would be installed at Janata Bhawan campus and that chairs in his name would be instituted at Dibrugarh University.

Addressing a gathering as chief guest on the occasion of Asom Divas at the Chaulung Siu-Ka-Pha Sammanway Kshetra here, Sonowal said that in the history of Assam Chaolung Siu-Ka-Pha’s contribution in establishing greater Assam is unparalelled. Earlier Asom Divas was celebrated as Chaolung Siu-Ka-Pha Divas.

“Chaolung Siu-Ka-Pha not only established the more than 600 year Ahom rule in Assam but he was a great general and statesman who managed to unite various warring tribes  in the Northeast,” Sonowal said.

The chief minister said that Swargadeo Chaolung Siu-Ka-Pha was the architect of greater Assamese society.

“He laid the foundation for a robust and vibrant Assam through his policy of amity, unity and harmony. The people of Assam must strive hard to embolden the edifice of the state following Swargadeo Chaolung Siu-Ka-Pha’s ideals,” he said adding that the youth must fortify it by developing better work culture.

He highlighted the state government’s efforts to set up a chair in the name of Swargadeo Chaolung Siu-Ka-Pha at Dibrugarh University and the installing of a grand statue of the great king at Janata Bhawan campus. Sonowal further said that the Charaideo would be made into a Swargadeo Sammanway Kshetra in memory of the 42 rulers of the Ahom dynasty who had been buried at the maidams at the place.

Stating that the state government had requested the National Monument Committee to declare Sivasagar district as `National Monument Park’, as it  had a repository of more than 500 historical sites of Ahom era, the chief minister said that steps were afoot to set up ‘Swargadeo Samannay Kshetra’ at Charaideo in order to preserve the rich legacy of 42 Ahom kings apart from ensuring the ‘World Heritage Site’ tag for Charaideo.

Stating that right over land is a primary need for safeguarding the interests of the indigenous people, the chief minister said that the state government had enacted a new Land Policy recently and launched distribution of land patta to one lakh landless local families to secure their land rights.

He maintained that the new “Bamboo and Cane Policy” as well as notifying Agar as non-forest product would give a major boost to local economy.

He further said that an International Agarwood Trade Centre would be established in Golaghat district as this region was fortieth of agar trees from which the valuable agar oil used in the perfumery industry was extracted. Sonowal released a book titled “Soumarot Chaolung Siu-Ka-Pha” penned by Dr. Dayananda Borgohain. He also presented awards to the winners of “Swadesh Darshan” quiz competition organised by Assam Higher Secondary Education Council (AHSEC).

The Minister of state for cultural affairs Naba Kumar Doley and chairman of Assam Higher Secondary Education Council (AHSEC) Dr Dayananda Borgohain also spoke on the occasion. They highlighted the contributions of Swargadeo Chaolung Siu-Ka-Pha in building the greater Assamese society.

The event was organised by the cultural affairs department in association with Jorhat district administration and Coordination Committee of Tai-Ahom Organisations.

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