KHERONI, June 28: Assam chief minister Sarbananda Sonowal has said that joint effort by the government and public is must for riding the society from superstition and other forms of social evils.
Addressing the Mahila Samaroh organised by the panchayat and rural development department under the aegis of Assam State Rural Livelihood Mission (ASRLM) at Kheroni High School playground in West Karbi Anglong on Thursday, the chief minister said there was no place for superstition in the twenty first century world and underlined the role of women in curbing such menace from the society.
“The women in our society would have to guide their children in the path of righteousness and imbibe moral and spiritual values amongst them and build their personality,” Sonowal said. He also emphasised more active role by the women in developing scientific temperament amongst the youth.
Highlighting the immense tourism potential of Karbi Anglong, West Karbi Anglong and Dima Hasao districts, the chief minister called for committed efforts to reap greater dividends. He exhorted the local people to follow the mantra of ‘Atithi Devo Bhava’ to draw higher tourist footfall in the districts and earn a distinct identity for the districts in the tourism map. He underlined the government schemes being implemented in education, health, industry, social welfare, agriculture and other sectors to unleash a new era of development in the hilly districts.
Further saying that the state government has adopted various measures to ensure equitable development in the state, the chief minister informed that several irrigation projects have already been taken up in the three districts for higher agricultural yield. He also said that surface communication in the hill districts would also receive a major facelift soon and made a call to the people to take active part in the development narrative of the region.
Reiterating state government’s commitment to strictly deal with all subversive forces, Sonowal said that violence has lost its foot hold in the hill districts as a result of government’s dedicated endeavours and peace reigned over the entire region now.
Further stating peace as a primary requirement for development, he informed that steps are afoot to market ginger, turmeric and other agricultural products of the districts in a more organised way. He also informed that the government under ‘Soubhagya Achoni’ would provide electricity connection to 26 lakh families. Besides, four LED bulbs each would be provided to 52 lakh families in the state under the scheme, he added. He also said that training centre for ACS officers, which is under construction at Umrangso in Dima Hasao would be developed as one of the leading institutions of the country.
In his address, finance minister Himanta Biswa Sarma reassured the gathering that the state government would fulfill the promises made to the people of the hill districts during the election. He also informed that the government would release Rs 10 crore each to all the 26 constituencies of the Karbi Anglong Autonomous Council (KAAC) and another Rs 100 crore fund for improvement of roads in the three districts.
Sarma also mentioned that two cancer care centres would be set up by the government at Diphu and Haflong and another 200-bedded hospitals at Hamren and Bokajan.
The minister said that the government would provide old age pension to all senior citizens of the state irrespective of their financial condition who have attained sixty years or above as part of universalization of the old age pension scheme in the state.
In his address, chief executive member (CEM) of Karbi Anglong Autonomous Council (KAAC), Tuliram Ronghang criticised the previous Congress government for doing nothing for development of the hill district. “In the 15 years of Congress government, there was no special package for Karbi Anglong and Dima Hasao. Under the BJP-led government Rs. 100 crore for Karbi Anglong and Rs. 50 crore for Dima Hasao as special packager are given by the Centre. The annual budget has been increased to Rs. 260 crore for Karbi Anglong and Rs. 100 crore for Dima Hasao.”
While reiterating his resolve for development in Karbi Anglong, the CEM reiterated his demand for implementation of Autonomous State under 244(A) of the Indian Constitution.
Speaking on the occasion, CEM of NC Hills Autonomous Council (NCHAC), Debolal Garlosa said, “In Dima Hasao, 70 percent of rural areas do not have electricity. But with the present Modi led BJP government at the Centre the people of Dima Hasao is seeing the ray of development in all spheres.”
He said that Karbi and Dimasa languages should be taught at the college level. Coinciding the Mahila Samaroh, the chief minister ceremonially distributed cheques of revolving fund amounting to Rs 25,000 each under Kanaklata Mahila Sabalikaran Achoni to 20 SHGs. Under this scheme, 5,037 women SHGs of the three districts would be provided revolving fund to the tune of Rs 25,000 each.
HAD minister Sum Ronghang, minister of state for panchayat & rural development Naba Kumar Doley, Pradesh BJP president and HOUSEFED chairman Ranjeet Dass, KAAC chief executive member (CEM) Tuliram Ronghang, North Cachar Hills Autonomous Council (NCHAC) CEM Debolal Garlosa, MLAs Dr. Mansing Rongpi, Dr. Nomal Momin, Joyram Engleng, deputy mayor of Guwahati, Bijulee Kalita Medhi, executive members (EMs) of both the autonomous councils were present in the programme.