GOLAGHAT, July 14: Assam chief minister Sarbananda Sonowal on Saturday announced Chinatoli village in Golaghat district as the cleanest village of the state.
This was the third cleanest village of the state after Goalpara’s Rangchapara, a Garo village in Goalpara district, was declared cleanest village of the state by the public health engineering department on February 9, 2017.
Simultaneously, Shikdamakha Village was announced as cleanest village by the Karbi Anglong Autonomous Council (KAAC) on February 1, 2017.
Chinatoli village with a population of 1,605 is situated 3 km away from Golaghat town. The total geographical area of village is 202.75 hectares. There are about 343 houses in Chinatoli village.
Water resources minister Keshab Mahanta, Rajya Sabha member Biswajit Daimary, MLA Khumtai Mrinal Saikia, MLA Dergaon Bhabendra Nath Bharali, MLA Tingkhong Bimal Bora, additional chief secretary (agriculture) VS Bhaskar, CEO, Chief Minsiter’s Samagra Gramya Unnayan Yojana, RT Jindal, Commissioner and secretary Amlan Baruah, secretary and director of agriculture, MS Mannivannan, secretary Vinod Seshan, Golaghat deputy commissioner Gaurav Bothra along with agriculture departmental and senior district administration officials were present in the meeting.
Later, the chief minister addressed thousands of farmers at the Krishak Samaroh held at the village.
“Farmers are the backbone of our nation and agriculture is the foundation on which Indian culture and civilization has thriven over thousands of years. We cannot dream of a bright future for Assam without including farmers in the roadmap of development,” said chief minister Sarbananda Sonowal.
Organised jointly by the Mega Mission Society of the Chief Minister’s Samagra Gramya Unnayan Yojana and the department of agriculture, the Krishak Samaroh was organised in line with the vision of Prime Minister Narendra Modi to double the farmers’ income by 2022.
Referring to the recent hike in MSP for Kharif crops for 2018-19 season which was approved by the Union Cabinet recently, the chief minister reiterated the government’s commitment towards doubling farmers’ income by 2022 through greater emphasis on generating higher incomes for farmers.
The chief minister ceremoniously distributed 13 big tractors, 10 power tillers, 2 mini rice mills to two Self Help Groups, 10 soil health cards and land patta to five beneficiaries during Saturday’s programme.
Sonowal also felicitated 15 farmers from various districts of the state who had visited Vietnam recently to learn about innovative farming techniques and also felicitated 16 local progressive farmers on the occasion.
Speaking on the occasion, agriculture minister Atul Bora urged the farmers of the state to work hard to achieve the vision of doubling their income by the year 2022. Minister Bora highlighted the innovative scheme taken up by the government – the Chief Minister’s Samagra Gramya Unnayan Yojana – under which 26,000 revenue villages in the state will receive one tractor each at a cost of around Rs.30,000 crore.
The minister informed that in the last two years, the department has distributed around 8000 power tillers and around 1.5 lakh soil health cards among farmers of the state. He also said steps are being taken to improve the overall irrigation scenario in the state to boost farmers’ productivity.