RAHA, April 23 - Nagaon Deputy Commissioner Shamsher Sing visited the Lokopriya Gopinath Bordoloi Memorial Museum at Raha on Friday.
The Deputy Commissioner along with Nagaon Superintendent of Police Devraj Upadhay visited the museum following the direction of Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal to take stock of the dilapidated condition of the museum.
The museum, established in 1998 in the Raha State Dispensary premises, is in a sorry state since several years now. Although the museum had a rare collection of many important exhibits, including dresses made from khadi and worn by Bordoloi, Gandhiji�s cap, wrist watch, letters written to Bordoloi by Mahatma Gandhi, various awards given to him by several organisations of the country, Khamti bag, Bordoloi�s personal equipment, including photos, cotton sador, etc. Surprisingly, all these articles were taken away from Raha to Guwahati by the State Museum authority two years ago for reasons best known to them.
Talking to this Correspondent, the Deputy Commissioner said, �We want to retain the cultural and historical ethos of the museum, and at the same time renovate and remodel it. Necessary steps will be taken by the district administration to bring back all the articles which were housed in the museum from Guwahati to Raha. Further, adequate steps will be taken to modernise it,� the DC further added.
According to information gathered, the Chief Minister recently directed the Cultural Affairs Department and Nagaon district administration to make arrangements for celebrating the birth anniversary of Assam�s first Chief Minister, Late Gopinath Bordoloi at the Gopinath Bordoloi Memorial Museum at Raha, following which the DC visited the museum. Sources further said that the Chief Minister expressed his interest of converting the museum into a heritage building at a meeting held in Guwahati recently.