Himanta lays hospital base at Joraphukuri

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HOJAI, Feb 27: Assam finance minister Himanta Biswa Sarma on Wednesday said his budget proposal to provide 10 gm gold to bride will stop child marriage in the state. Sarma said this after performing ‘bhumi puja” and laying the foundation of the 200-bed hospital at Joraphukuri here.

The hospital will be constructed at an area of 6,544 square metre at a cost of Rs 22.43 crore “Our top priority is to eradicate poverty and create an environment where all sections of people live in peace and tranquility,” Sarma said.

Taking a dig at previous Congress government, Sarma said,” Tarun Gogoi-led Congress government had done politics of “suta” (thread) and “kambal” (blanket) during the past 15 years.” “But within two-and-a-half years of time, the BJP-led government has done the politics of gold. This is a positive change. Because of this child marriage will be stopped and to avail 10 gram of gold every marriage must be registered, which can be done after the age of 18 years.” Sarma said.

“When Narendra Modi formed government around 27,000 villages of the country had no electricity. But the situation is changed today. The country is marching towards electricity, road connectivity, LPG supply, railways connectivity, education, health care in all other sectors,” he claimed.

He also said that the government would take stern action against those who supports Pakistan or raise the slogan in support of the neighbouring country. He also highlighted various welfare schemes of the government, including Ayusmann Bharat Scheme etc.

“BJP government is committed to protect Assamese language and culture and the rich heritage,” he said. “Today we need to be united leaving behind our caste, creed and religion, we are the sons and daughters of Maa Bharati, our identity should be sons and daughters of Maa Bharati,” he added.

Hojai MLA Shiladitya Deb, Lumding MLA Sibu Misra, Dhekiajuli MLA Ashok Singhal, Hojai deputy commissioner Tanmoy Pratim Borgohain, superintendent of police Ankur Jain and other senior officials attended the meeting. Earlier, the minister laid foundation of a railway flyover at Lanka to be constructed at cost of Rs 55.45 crore at mutual sharing of 50-50% by Central and state governments.

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