China had last week reportedly announced blocking a tributary of Brahmaputra in Tibet for the construction of a hydro-electric project. While Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal took the matter seriously and wrote to PM Narendra Modi to have a word with the Chinese Government, in the mean time he has urged people not to buy Chinese products available in markets.
The Centre has taken up the matter of Brahmaputra blocking into consideration, also known as Tsangpo in China. The CM requested people to not buy Chinese toys, products etc with which the markets are flooded. Owing to the festive season of Durga Puja and Diwali, Sonowal made this request.
He said ”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.”
This move has been backed by the State finance, health and education minister Himanta Biswa Sarma as well who agreed that boycotting Chinese products will be give a befitting reply to the Chinese Government. Sarma said ‘I appeal all to boycott and refrain from buying Chinese goods.’ He added that we should take steps to get back the Brahmaputra river water.
The Minister will also be running a campaign during his pandal visits to promote the idea further.
The concept of Chinese products ban has been on demand across Indian territories and few district administrations like the Kamrup (Metro) in Guwahati have imposed full ban and verification of traders dealing in Chinese products.