GUWAHATI, Aug 19 � An emergent meeting convened by the Ministry of Culture�s sub-committee of Majuli cultural landscape on August 13 at New Delhi decided to create a consultative process involving the people of Majuli in order to revise the nomination dossier of the famous river island. The meeting discussed the scope of the nomination of Majuli cultural landscape for the purpose of its inscription as a world heritage site.
Majuli Cultural Landscape Management Authority (MCLMA) invited the Government of India and the experts on the World Heritage matters to participate in an advisory and guidance workshop proposed to be held at Jorhat in the end part of September or in the early part of October next on the issues of conservation, management and physical protection of Majuli.
The Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) informed the participants of the meeting about the request it has placed before the International Council of Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS) for sending a team to appraise the nomination prospect of Majuli and also to advise on the future course of action for conservation and management of the site. The ICOMOS team is likely to visit Majuli either by October or November next.
ASI consultant Suryanarayana Murthy has been asked to hold an interactive session on the nomination dossier with the local stakeholders in Majuli be end September next.
The meeting was attended by Director General of the ASI Gautam Sengupta, Chairman of the Ministry of Culture�s Sub-Committee on World Heritage matters of Majuli Babu Rajiv, member of the Sub-Committee and disaster management expe rt of cultural heritage Dr Rohit Jigyasu, Director World Heritage of the ASI Jahnwij Sarma, experts invited by the Government of India Dr Sanjib Kumar Barkakoty and Bharat Saikia and Chief Executive Officer of the MCLMA Syed Iftikhar Hussain, who is also the Upper Assam Commissioner and three ASI consultants, including Suryanarayana Murthy. Historian Prof Dambaru Nath, of Dibrugarh University could not make it to the meeting due to illness, said Syed Iftikhar Hussain.