GUWAHATI, Jan 3 - Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal has stressed the need for promoting the rich flora and fauna of Assam globally to attract tourists.
Taking part in the Chandubi festival today, Sonowal said that Chandubi holds special importance on the State�s tourism map, and the government would take all necessary steps to improve tourism infrastructure in the area so that the natural beauty of the place receives exposure at the national and international levels.
Terming the recent signing of Bollywood actress Priyanka Chopra as the Brand Ambassador of Assam Tourism as a step in the right direction, Sonowal said the rich flora and fauna and biodiversity hotspots of the State need global promotion and a movie icon like Priyanka would help the government in increasing tourist footfalls in the State.
A tourism circuit in the State is being mooted keeping in mind various indigenous festivals, as the government is making all efforts to promote the State�s tourism potential in a big way, Sonowal said.
The Chief Minister also informed that a proposal worth Rs 20 crore is also being considered by the government to develop the tourist potential of the Chandubi Lake and its neighbouring areas.
�Roads are important for speeding up development in an area, and hence, the road from Rajapara to Chandubi would be considered for according the State Highway status to give a fillip to road communication in the area,� Sonowal said.
A skill development centre would be set up in Rajapara area so that local youths can be engaged meaningfully in the tourism sector through training on communication skills, Sonowal informed. He said that the story of origin of the Chandubi Lake, as the result of the Big Earthquake of 1897, and the biodiversity of the place can be best explained to tourists by local youths with good communication skills.
Reiterating that traditional skills of the State passed from generation to generation have stood the people of the State in good stead over the years, Sonowal said the greater Assamese race must show resilience in the face of challenges to make Assam one of the best states in the country and work hard to obtain maximum benefits out of the available resources in a scientific manner.
�Our farmers must strive hard to give a push to the agricultural sector and the government has introduced Soil Health Cards to encourage farming in a scientific way, so that production can be increased,� Sonowal said.
Palasbari MLA Pranab Kalita and CEM of the Rabha Hasong Autonomous Council Tankeswar Rabha were present among others on the occasion, said an official release.