Majuli is all set to become the country’s first river island district. A festive mood has taken over the river island with homes and offices illuminated and cultural preparations going on in full swing. The locals are eagerly waiting for September 8 when Majuli will be formally declared Assam’s newest district.
The entire island will have a festive look and feel as all the homes are decorated with earthen lamps. The government offices got fresh new paint and decorative electric lighting. The cultural troupes are busy with their final rehearsals to perform bhaonas and xatriya nrityas for which Majuli is well known for around the globe.
On September 8, Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal will be taking part in a cabinet meeting to be held at the conference hall in the office of the Sub Divisional Officer (Civil) at 9 AM. After which, he will inaugurate the Deputy Commissioner’s office of the island which will also mark the declaration of Majuli as a district.
Majuli is currently a subdivision of Jorhat district with an area of 880 square kilometres. The river island is situated 2.5 kilometre away from the mainland. It consists of 210 cadastral villages and 30 xatras (Vaishnavite Monastries). According to the 2011 census, the total population of Majuli is 2,56,811.
Majuli’s Major Challenge
The new born districts of Assam are crippled by lack of manpower and Majuli will have to overcome that. The shortage of staff has hampered the smooth functioning of the district administrations, leading to the failure of timely service to the public.
The worst affected of the newly formed districts are:
- East Kamrup
- South Kamrup
- South Salmara-Mankachar
- West Karbi Anglong
It has to be seen in the coming days whether the State machinery can provide adequate manpower for the smooth functioning of the river island district.