Braving fierce floods, Assam celebrates Independence Day

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HT Bureau

GUWAHATI, Aug 16: Braving the floods and defying the boycott call given by seven militant outfits, people came out in large numbers all over Assam on Tuesday to celebrate the country’s 71st Independence Day. Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal unfurled the national flag at the Veterinary College ground at Khanapara.

Several youth took to the streets riding cycles, motorcycles and waving the tricolour in Guwahati. Teachers and students in flood-hit South Kamrup district schools and Dhubri schools hoisted the tricolour and sang the national anthem. The photographs of I-Day celebrated against odds are going viral on social media.

Unfurling the tricolour, chef minister Sarbananda Sonowal reiterated his government’s commitment to rid Assam of corruption.  Referring to a survey report of Centre for Media Studies, he said, “The percentage of corruption in the state was 34 per cent in 2005, which has declined to 18 per cent in 2017.”

Sonowal said, “After our government came to power, we adopted a policy of zero-tolerance towards corruption. An investigation was ordered against various corruption cases so that it may be rooted out from the government machinery in a bid to fulfill people’s hopes and aspirations.”

Assam Secretariat

The 71st Independence Day was celebrated at Assam Secretariat in Dispur on Tuesday. Additional Chief Secretary KK Mittal hoisted the National flag followed by singing of the National Anthem. Speaking on the occasion, Mittal recalled the efforts and sacrifices made by the freedom fighters to attain independence and invoke everyone to pledge and work for all round development of the country. The programme was attended by Commissioner and Secretaries, Secretaries and employees of various Departments.

Balijan

The Balijan Youth Club celebrated Independence Day and unfurled the National Flag in presence of school teachers, village elders and seniors, children, youth and well wishers here at Balijan Youth Club office on Tuesday.

Jorhat

The 71st Independence Day was celebrated at Court Field in Jorhat on Tuesday. Agriculture minister Atul Bora unfurled the National Tricolour.

Jorhat MP Kamakhya Prasad Tasa, Teok MLA Renupama Rajkhowa, Jorhat DC Virender Mittal, SP Prashanta Bhuyan and Jorhat Municipality Board Chairman Anup Dastidar were present on the occasion.

SBI

State Bank of India (SBI) celebrated 71st Independence Day at its premises at Local Head Office in Guwahati on Tuesday. The National Flag was unfurled by SBI North Eastern Circle Chief General Manager PVSLN Murty. The programme was attended by General Managers Digmanu Gupta, Kaushik Sinha along with other senior officials and employees of the bank.

BSF headquarters

The 71st Independence Day was celebrated at Guwahati Frontier Headquarters in Patgaon with great enthusiasm and fervour. The Sector Headquarters and Battalions under the Frontier also celebrated this day with great pomp and show.

BSF IGP Rakesh Aggarwal unfurled the National Tricolour. He also addressed the border men including personnel of Ist NDRF and reminded them of the supreme sacrifices made by the freedom fighters of the country in giving us this freedom. He called upon the troops to make whole hearted effort to protect the territorial integrity of the nation.

Udyog Bhawan

The commissionerate of industries and commerce celebrated the 71st Independence Day of the nation at Bamunimaidam in Guwahati on Tuesday.

Commissioner of Industries and Commerce, Dr. KK Dwivedi hoisted the national flag in the presence of officers and staff of Udyog Bhawan.

Dr. Dwivedi called upon the people present to imbibe the spirit of patriotism and abide by the ideals of the constitution-makers. He hoped that the Independence Day would usher in freedom from social maladies and urged everyone present to work hand in hand for building a progressive and developed society as dreamt by the freedom fighters.

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