“Unity and integrity of Assam can never be put at stake by the foreigners. No foreign forces can occupy Assam. Therefore, if anybody is apprehensive of the future of Assam, I request them to refrain from such apprehension”. These were the observations made by Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal while attending the swearing in ceremony of the members of Sonowal Kachari Autonomous Council and inaugurating Mukhya Mantri Krishi Sa Sajuli Yojana at a function held at Dibrugarh here recently.
Chief Minister Sonowal while allaying fears of the people of Assam said that as long as the BJP led Government is in power everybody is secured in the state. Under no circumstances the present State government will allow erosion of land, hearth, culture, literature and language of the Assemese people to creep in. He, therefore, appealed to everybody to be led by their wisdom and not get carried away by the miss information campaign being carried out by some vested interests group in the society. On the other hand if 3.30 crore people of the state work in tandem to explore and utilize the verdant resources of the state, no force can defeat the forward march of the state.
Chief Minister Sonowal also said that this is the government of the people. Nothing has been done against the interests of the people keeping them in dark. Since transparency is the core principle of the present State government, it has taken the uncompromising tirade to weed out corruption from every level including the corruption ridden APSC. Though government has got miles to go before corruption is completely wiped out, he advocated for a synergistic approach between the government and its people to make the administration free from any iota of corrupt practices.
On the other hand speaking during the swearing in ceremony of the elected members of Sonowal Kachari Autonomous Council, Sonowal said that after becoming Prime Minister in 2014, Narendra Modi gave a clarion call that not as a prime minister he would rather serve the country as a faithful servant. Taking everybody on board, the newly constituted council should endeavour to spearhead empowerment of the people of the council area along with its peripheries socially, politically, academically, culturally and economically. If this is done, Assam can be projected on a robust platform of inclusive development. He further reiterated that development does not merely connote construction of shelter houses and roads. Development means positive mentality which has been explicitly showcased by his intent and eagerness that Prime Minister Modi has exhibited by enabling his government to announce highest ever investment in oil and gas sector amounting to Rs. 40,000 crore for the region.
He also said that it is because of the importance attached to North East by the present Narendra Modi government, financial allotment for 10000 km road under PMGSY has already been released. On the other hand for converting 1000 wooden bridges into concrete one work is going on in full swing. The Centre has also fulfilled a long time demand and prestige of the people of Assam when it conferred Bharat Ratna on Dr. Bhupen Hazarika, the Chief Minister added.
In the same programme, Chief Minister Sonowal also distributed cheque worth Rs. 5000 each to 14 beneficiaries under Mukhya Mantri Krishi Sa Sajuli Yojana to enable them to purchase agricultural equipment. As many as 17,485 farmers from Dibrugarh district to be included in the scheme, Sonowal said that in a move to empower the farming community of the state, the State budget presented in the Assembly, made elaborate budgetary provision for the farmers. In the coming financial year, another six lakh farmers to be brought under the ambit of the scheme, Sonowal professed.
He also stated State government’s decision to empower the veterans of the state by bringing them under the umbrella of Swahid Kushal Konwar Universal Old Age Pension Scheme. He said that to give respite to the guardians of the bridges, State government has made the budgetary provision of giving gold to the girls upon their marriage on attaining 18 years of age. Moreover extending the welfare schemes to the respite of everybody, 54 lakh families would be brought under Food Security Scheme giving them rice for Rs. 1/KG. Moreover, free rice to be given to the families living in the tea garden areas. For initiating academic empowerment of the students, State government has introduced schemes like free enrolment from primary to university level, distribution of free text books, free uniforms and scholarships. He also advocated for coordinated efforts of parents and teachers to churn the human resources of Assam and help them shine world over.
Member of Parliament from Lakhimpur Pradan Baruah, MLAs Vinod Hazarika, Bolin Chetia, Bimal Bora, Chakradhar Gogoi, Kushal Dowari, Rituparna Baruah, Jogen Mohan, CEM Deuri Autonomous Council Madhab Deuri, Commissioner Upper Assam Division Julie Sonowal, newly sworn in CEM of Sonowal Kachari Autonomous Council Dipuranjan Markary, Deputy Commissioner Dibrugarh Pallab Gopal Jha, CEO of Sonowal Kachari Autonomous Council Prasanta Saikia and a host of other dignitaries were present on the occasion.