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Doriya river of Majuli, Assam, India. Image Courtesy : Wikimedia Commons
  • Majuli used to be a large river island on the river Brahmaputra in Assam, India
  • It is about 20 km away from Jorhat and serves as an important tourist attraction
  • Recently, the new Assam government has decided to honour Majuli as a separate district of Assam

Assam to become the first state to grant district status to an island. Recently, after the elections, the BJP led government formed in Assam met for the first time since the victory and decided to take a landmark decision. The decision was to grant district status to Majuli, a 400 sq km big island on river Brahmaputra. Majuli falls under the Jorhat subdivision of Assam. It is intended to become the 34th district of Assam.

Majuli. Image Source: Wikimedia Commons

“We have decided to elevate Majuli to a district so that people do not have to take a boat every time they need to approach the district administration,” state excise minister Parimal Suklabaidya said to The Hindustan Times, after the meeting.

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A tribal village in Majuli. Image Source: Wikimedia Commons

Majuli has been a home to mostly the Mishing tribal of Assam. It has been the hub of the neo-Vaishnavite culture of Assam which had been initiated by Srimanta Sankardeva, the saint-reformer, in the 15th century. Therefore, the island boasts of harbouring a number of Vaishnavite monasteries from a long time ago. Some of them have been lost and destroyed over time. Some of the surviving ones are Dakhinpat, Garamurh, Auniati, Kamalabari and Bengenaati.

Kamalabari Satra in Majuli. Image Source: Wikimedia Commons

The new government has also made the promise that they will secure jobs for the teachers who have passed the TET(Teachers’ Eligibility Test) and have not gotten employment yet. The decision had coincided with the event of around 7000 teachers joining schools across 10 districts of Assam. They had earned their postings through the lottery, a week ago.

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We sincerely hope that the new BJP led government of Assam will succeed in fulfilling the promises that they are making.

-This report is compiled by a staff-writer at NewsGram.



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