GUWAHATI, June 19 � The neglected memorial busts, statues and monuments in every nook and corner of the State are a big example of the apathetic attitude of the society towards the people who dedicated themselves for its betterment. Realising the public responsibility towards these monuments, the Nagarik Surakhya Samity Assam has come up with a plan to clean and restore such memorials.
The Samity surveyed 103 spots in Guwahati city and identified 42 busts and many other monuments that need immediate restoration. The Samity has planned to start the work during the month of September with public support and simultaneously appro-aching government and non-government agencies for funds for the purpose.
�The statues and busts are of great freedom fighters, sportspersons, artistes, litterateurs, social workers, who contributed in building the society. The least we can do is to show some respect to their memorials,� Kailash Sarma, president of the Samity said, while addressing the media.
Statues of Bir Chilarai, Lachit Barphukan, RG Baruah, Nalini Bala Devi, Nabin Chandra Bardoloi among others inspire the younger generations. The Samity said that such statues should be regularly cleaned, repaired when required and properly maintained. It also has plans to publish books on the great personalities after restoring their statues.
In view of the ensuing Ambubachi fair, the Samity is also arranging free health camps for the visitors on the Bagala temple premises.
Noted public activist and president of the Save Guwahati Build Guwahati (SGBG) Dhiren Baruah, who was also present on the occasion, lauded the step initiated by the Samity.
Social worker and ex-MLA Ajoy Dutta stressed the need to restore Lachit Barphukan�s statue at Jalukbari and make it clearly visible.