NEW DELHI, Dec 14 - Union Minister for Water Resources (MoWR) Uma Bharti on Monday said that the Centre is still waiting for a response from the Assam Government regarding the dossier on Majuli island for the World Heritage and Cultural Site.
�We are waiting for the State Government�s proposal and there is a reasons for it,� the Minister told newsmen after meeting a delegation of Satradhikars and citizens of river island Majuli.
The Minister explained that if Majuli island makes it to the UNESCO�s list of World Heritage and Cultural Sites, then international aid would pour in, which would help in protection and preservation of the world�s largest human inhabited river island.
�The Brahmaputra Board would help to ensure that the work is done properly ,� assured Bharti.
The delegation led by All Assam Students� Union (AASU), including the Satradhikar of Auniati and North Kamalabari Satras, besides intellectuals on Monday met the Union MoWR to discuss about the problem of flood-induced erosion in the river island.
Talking to reporters, Sarbananda Sonowal, who also accompanied the delegation, said that they have been struggling for long for the world heritage site tag, but the State Government is not submitting the dossier in the right format. Centre�s letters to the Government of Assam does not get any response,� Sonowal alleged, adding Government of India is always ready to move UNESCO.
The Minister of State for Youth Affairs and Sports said he had held discussion with India�s representative to UNESCO!!. Everybody is ready to support but Tarun Gogoi Government is delaying the matter,� he alleged.
Speaking to newsmen, Dr Pitambar Deva Goswami of Auniati Satra said that they have discussed with Bharti about protection of Majuli Island. The Minister of Water Resources is keen on resolving the problem and has asked us to submit a proposal for protection of River Island.
Janardhan Deva Goswami of North Kamalabari Satra said that government is adopting delaying tactics and the project for protection of Majuli Island is caught in the tug of war between the Centre and the State Government.