Guwahati/ 11th May’2018 (Prag News Desk):
In major U-turn by the state tourism, Assam’s Tourism Minister, Chandan Brahma has stated that ‘Adopt a heritage’ scheme won’t be implemented in Assam.
After a mixed reaction from the people as well as from the state government, the Tourism department of Assam has finally decided to not to hand over Assam’s historical monuments to private bodies.
Speaking exclusively with media persons on this issue, Tourism Minister Chandan Brahma stated that he discussed the issue with Union Minister KJ Alphons and informed him about the apprehensions of the people of Assam regarding the scheme and their sentiments connected with Assam’s historical heritage. After the discussion, Union Minister KJ Alpons decided to keep Assam away from the scheme.
The Tourism Minister of Assam also stated that he intimated the Minister regarding the problems faced by the state government in maintaining the heritage sites and the Union Minister promised to look into the issues.
Earlier, the issue of privatization of historical monuments of Assam had led to much controversy in the state as protests were staged across the length and breadth of the state by various organizations including Congress Party.
Meanwhile, the Central government has been planning to hand over certain Historical Monuments, which require proper makeover and care after checking the footfall and state of the monument under the scheme “Adopt a heritage”.
It was decided that after Delhi’s landmark and most famous monument the Red fort, the Central Government was also planning to bring some Historical Monuments of Assam under this scheme.