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Shortcomings in Majuli dossier

By Spl Correspondent

NEW DELHI, Aug 12 - The Assam government�s dossier nominating Majuli Island as a World Heritage Site to UNESCO suffers from three main deficiencies. Coordination among concerned departments of the Central government was also found wanting.

The shortcomings were brought to notice by officials at a meeting Union Minister of State for Youth Affairs and Sports Sarbananda Sonowal held with representatives of the Union Ministry of Culture, Archaeological Survey of India, Head of Natural Science Sector, UNESCO and Programme Specialist, Ecological and Earth Science (UNESCO) besides Sattradhikar of Uttar Kamalabari Sattra, Janardan Deva Goswami.

The Ministry of Culture has conveyed to Sonowal that there were mainly three deficiencies in the proposal sent to UNESCO.

It was communicated by the Union Ministry of Culture during the meeting that the World Heritage Committee of UNESCO consists of 21 Member States, who consider all aspects and criteria. The Union Ministry of Culture, as the Nodal Office, has delegated ASI, as the agency for World Heritage matters.

Following the meeting, Sonowal has urged the Government of Assam and Director General, Archaeological Survey of India to work in tandem to expedite submission of the nomination dossier for inscription of Majuli as World Heritage Site.

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