NEW DELHI, Jan 25 � Oil and Natural Gas Corporation Limited (ONGCL) has sanctioned Rs 10 lakh to Asam Sahitya Sabha for its ambitious project �Encyclopaedia of Mahapurush Srimanta Sankardev�.
Official sources said Asam Sahitya Sabha had requested Minister of Development of North Eastern Region (DoNER), Bijoy Krishna Handique, to plead its case for sponsorship from ONGCL. Handique subsequently wrote to CMD of ONGCL, last year seeking funds for the project.
Handique said that the Encyclopaedia would be a milestone in focusing upon the life and works of the great Vaishnavite saint. Any literature of such magnitude would go a long way in reinforcing the socio-cultural fabric of the Assamese society in particular and the Indian mainstream in general.