TINSUKIA, Jan 1 � The three-day Dibru-Saikhowa Festival and Self-Help Groups� Mela, 2012 was inaugurated by Raju Sahoo, MLA of Chabua, today on the beach of Dibru river at Guijan, about 11 kilometres from district headquarters Tinsukia.
The festival that started in the year 2009 is held on the first three days of every year with a view to create awareness about the importance of Dibru-Saikhowa National Park, to promote tourism as an industry in the area with rich biodiversity as well as diverse traditional culture of different ethnic groups and also to provide opportunities to sell the products of the Self-Help Groups of the district.
At the inaugural function, Deputy Commissioner SS Meenakshi Sundaram, president of Zila Parishad Sukhen Bora, and DFO, Wild Life Division, Baibhav Mathur addressed the gathering.
More than 100 stalls have been put up where besides showcasing of products by the local Selp-Help Groups, various Government departments have also displayed their beneficial plans and schemes to created awareness about these among the people.
During the festival, competitions on different subjects of art and culture, traditional fashion show, sports on beach, cultural show, etc., will be held.