A day after the Centre said it would take up the reported blocking and diversion of Brahmaputra (Tsangpo) water with the Chinese government, Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal asked the people of the state to avoid buying Chinese goods, particularly Chinese toys.
“The puja market in the entire state has been flooded by Chinese goods and toys. There are enough locally produced toys and other items that can be bought during the Durga Puja. Doing so will also strengthen the local economy,” Sonowal said.
China had last week reportedly announced blocking a major tributary of the Brahmaputra in Tibet to construct a hydro-electric project. Sonowal has written to the Prime Minister to urgently take up the matter with the Chinese government.
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State finance, health and education minister Himanta Biswa Sarma said boycotting Chinese goods will be a good reply to China’s move.
“We have noticed that China has stopped the flow of the Brahmaputra. Under such circumstances, we should also stop purchasing Chinese goods and take steps for releasing Brahmaputra water. I appeal all to boycott and refrain from buying Chinese goods,” Sarma said, adding that he would run a campaign during his visit to different Durga Puja mandaps in the next few days.
Meanwhile, the Kamrup (Metro) district administration has launched a campaign against sale of Chinese goods, particularly toys, in Guwahati city, with deputy commissioner M Angamuthu asking officers to strictly verify documents of all traders selling such goods.