GUWAHATI, Aug 16 - The 69th Independence Day was celebrated all over the State with fanfare and enthusiasm. Our correspondents report:
Morigaon: The 69th Independence Day of India was celebrated here at Morigaon with enthusiasm. Amidst a huge gathering, Dr Nazrul Islam, Minister, Food & Civil Supply and Health, hoisted the National Flag at the Tarun Ram Phukan playground and addressed the assembled people.
The Minister paid glowing tributes to Mahatma Gandhi and the freedom fighters of the country who sacrificed their lives for the cause of freedom. He also claimed that a lot of development work has taken place in the last 14 years in the State.
In the function, two freedom fighters � Bhaskar Ballav Deka and Dasam Deka � were felicitated while the efforts of the noted bee keeper of Morigaon district were also appreciated.
North Lakhimpur: The 69th Independence Day of India was celebrated with pomp and grandeur in Lakhimpur district along with the rest of the country. The official function of the day was held at the playground of North Lakhimpur Govt HS School playground where the National Flag was unfurled by Debeswar Malakar, Deputy Commissioner of Lakhimpur. He also inspected the guard of honour and took the salute of the parade. The SP, Lakhimpur, Brajendrajeet Singha, along with officials of the district civil and police administration, senior citizens, freedom fighters, heads of educational institutions, outstanding sportspersons, meritorious students and model farmers and the local MLA, Utpal Dutta and ex-MLA Ghana Buragohain were present at the function.
Platoons of Assam Police, 13th APBN, ITBP, Women police, NCC, Scouts and Guides from various academic institutions participated in the I-Day parade. Freedom fighters and senior citizens of North Lakhimpur were felicitated. Independence Day celebrations were also held at Dhakuakhana subdivision of Lakhimpur district.
KOKRAJHAR: The 69th Independence Day was also celebrated here at Kokrajhar, the heartland of Bodoland.
The chief of the BTC, Hagrama Mohilary unfurled the Tricolour at the Govt HS & MP School playground amidst a huge gathering.
Earlier, he took the salute of the march past comprising different contingents of school students, Assam Police and other security forces and distributed awards and citations of honour to the beneficiaries and those for outstanding performances in various fields.
SILCHAR: The 69th Independence Day was celebrated with great enthusiasm in Cachar district on Saturday. Unfurling the Tricolour at the DSA field at Silchar, Sports and Transport Minister, Ajit Singh paid tributes to Mahatma Gandhi and the martyrs of the freedom movement. He said, while the country has progressed in different fields, Assam, too, is not lagging behind.
On the other hand, the meritorious students of Silchar who earned laurels in the HS and HSLC 2015 Examinations were felicitated. Freedom fighters Charu Prabha Nath and Mahesh Narayan Das were also honoured on the occasion. Further, mother groups from five LP and ME schools were felicitated as well. Beneficiaries who played a major role in promoting the cultivation of eri and muga silk were given awards of Rs 5100 and Rs 4000 respectively.
The National Flag was hoisted at all the government offices, educational establishments and private concerns. The statues across the town were illuminated and sweets and fruits were distributed among jail inmates and at some hospitals. The traditional boat race on river Barak was also a major attraction of the day.
Goalpara: Amidst traditional gaiety and enthusiasm and in presence of elaborate security, the 69th Independence Day was celebrated here at the district headquarter�s Junior Technical School playground with patriotic fervour in the presence of a number of distinguished guests, officials and a large crowd, which attended the function, braving inclement weather.
Unfurling the National Tricolour and inspecting the guard of honour, MLA and Parliamentary Secretary, Rekibuddin Ahmed while urging the people to maintain the traditional legacy, spoke of the rich cultural and literary heritage of the erstwhile Goalpara district and the positive contribution made by stalwarts like Nagen Choudhury, Amrit Bhusan Deva Choudhury, Shilabhadra (Rebati Mohan Dutta Choudhury), former Chief Minister Sarat Chandra Singha etc. He also took salute of an impressive march past presented by 32 colourful contingents where Sainik School (A) and Markazul Mariz were adjuged as best contingents under uniform /non uniform categories. This was followed by a colourful function showcasing the rich cultural heritage of the district.
Journalist Ananta Das, differently-abled weaver, Nilima Rabha, students � DebashishTalukdar (5th position in HSLC ), Umar Faroukh (2nd in High Madrassa), CM�s best community action award winner Nazmul Hoque (Ambari), Rofiqul Islam, a railway employee awarded for his outstanding service, were felicitated on the occasion.
DIPHU: The 69th Independence Day was celebrated with traditional gaiety in Karbi Anglong. The celebrations marked by unfurling of the Tricolour, colourful parades and other events in the Karbi Anglong Sports Association (KASA) stadium, passed off peacefully.
The National Flag was unfurled by Kharsing Engti, HAD Minister, Government of Assam.
Engti thanked Chief Minister, Tarun Gogoi for declaring Hamren as a new district for the people of Karbi Anglong on the auspicious day. The new district will bring administration closer to the people of the hill district in West Karbi Anglong, Engti said.
It may be mentioned here that people have expressed massive joy after the creation of Hamren as a new district by the State Government.
Tinsukia: The 69th Independence Day was celebrated amidst tight security at the Boys Industrial Training Institute (ITI), Boroguri here. The Tricolour was unfurled by the local MLA and Parliamentary Secretary, Rajendra Prasad Singh. He also inspected the march pasts and took the salute.
He also distributed prizes to the winners of the march past, cultural programmes etc., and felicitated freedom fighter Lila Bora on the occasion. The function was attended by the Commissioner, Upper Assam, Anurag Goel, Puru Gupta, Deputy Commissioner, Mugdha Jyoti Mahanta, Superintendent of Police besides other Government officers and dignitaries.
NALBARI: The 69th Independence Day was celebrated at Nalbari SP office parade ground with great enthusiasm. Minister of Social Welfare, Revenue and Rehabilitation, Dr Bhumidhar Barman hoisted the Tricolour at the central function. The Minister also inspected the guard of honour presented by the security personnel and the students of local schools and colleges. Ten freedom fighters of Nalbari district were also felicitated in the function. A cultural programme was also held to mark the occasion. Independence Day was also celebrated at all educational institutions, government offices etc.
Bongaigaon: The 69th Independence Day was celebrated centrally yesterday at the Gandhi maidan here by the district administration, where the Deputy Commissioner Biswajit Pegu unfurled the Tricolour.
In Chirang district head quarters, Kajalgaon, Kampa Borgoyari, the deputy chief of BTC, hoisted the National Flag at the Parade ground to mark the celebration of Independence Day.
Two scribes� Sunil Sarma of Hindi daily, Purvanchal Prahari and Bhrigu Moni Ray of Assamese Daily, Dainik Agradoot, were felicitated by the administration for their outstanding service in the field of journalism.
Mangaldai: The 69th Independence Day was celebrated in Darrang district with fervour and enthusiasm. Basanta Das, the Minister for Industries and Commerce, Water Resources, Fisheries etc., while attending the central Independence Day celebration function, organised by the district administration as chief guest unfurled the National Tricolour in presence of in charge Deputy Commissioner, Banashri Nath and Superintendent of Police, Sunil Kumar here at the Kachari Maidan.
The chief guest also took the guard of honour and march past salute of the contingents from Assam Police, 3rd IR Mizoram Btn, Home Guards, NCC, Scouts & Guides etc. The function attended by local freedom fighters, government officials and staff, officers from Army and paramilitary forces and thousands of people also witnessed the chief guest offering felicitations to freedom fighters, distribution of certificates and awards to meritorious students, school heads, government officials etc.
Golakganj: Independence Day was celebrated with enthusiasm in Dhubri town. Parliamentary Secretary, Ilias Ali unfurled the National Flag at the PC Baruah ground in the district head quarters in the morning. He took the salute and reviewed a colourful parade by the Police, Home Guards, National Cadet Corps and others. Najrul Islam, DC, Dhubri, senior police officials and local people attended the function.
Haflong: Independence Day was celebrated at Haflong with gaiety at the N L Daulagupu Sports Complex, Haflong. NC Hills Autonomous Council Chief Executive Member, Debojeet Thaosen hoisted the National Tricolour, accompanied by the Deputy Commissioner Juri Phukan and Superintendent of Police SP Ganjala.
Around 5000 people gathered at the venue to witness the celebrations. Later, cultural programmes were presented and awards were also distributed during the ceremony. As a part of the day�s programme, Debojeet Thaosen inaugurated an exhibition-cum-sale stall organised by NGO MaD, Haflong at DSA indoor Stadium. He also inaugurated a DPLH via Fishery Office Approach Road, Sericulture Department Silk Processing Unit Centre at Haflong Sarkari Bagan, Haflong Hills Station short cut road and also inaugurated a PHE water gravity line at Retzawl.
Independence Day was also celebrated in a befitting manner in Maibang subdivision. For the first time, a public representative, an Executive member of the NCHAC was given the honour of hoisting the National Flag at Maibang subdivision on Independence Day.
Tezpur: Like in the past, commemorating the supreme sacrifice of those who had sacrificed their lives for freedom of the country, the common citizens of Tezpur and its adjoining areas, the district administration, and different organisations, school and colleges, the Tezpur Central University, Bharat Mata Pujan Samittee etc., celebrated the 69th Independence Day with pomp and gaiety amidst tight security.
The celebration observed centrally by the district administration at the Church field here was attended by DC, Sonitpur Lalit Gogoi, local MLA, Rajen Barthakur, and Zila Parishad Chairman, Prafulla Rabha. Lalit Gogoi unfurled the Tricolour. Prior to it, he received the guard of honour presented by Assam Police, Home Guards, SSB, NCC contingents from different schools and colleges. In the programme, many people were felicitated.
Likewise, like in the past three years, the Bharat Mata Pujan Samittee, took out a huge bike rally through the town and its adjacent areas. The National Flag was unfurled at the Mahabhairab temple premises by the president of Tezpur chapter of Sankskar Bharati, noted radio artist Durgamoyee Bora. It was followed by the taking out of a huge procession, participated by the common citizens of 19 wards of the town and eight gaon panchayats.
BARPETA: Independence Day was celebrated here with pomp and gaiety. State Minister of Public Health Engineering, Sukur Ali Ahmed unfurled the National Tricolour at Barpeta Government Higher Secondary School playground. He also accepted the salute of the police and NCC cadets.
Earlier in the morning, the minister garlanded the portrait of the Father of the Nation, Mahatma Gandhi on the Barpeta Municipality office premises.
Sivasagar: Independence Day was celebrated with fanfare in Sivasagar. Cultural Affairs Minister Bismita Gogoi hoisted the National Flag at the Boarding field.
Taking the march past of police, paramilitary forces, Scouts and NCC cadets, the minister, in her speech, paid tributes to the martyrs of India�s independence.
Several departments like the PHE, Civil Defence, Municipality, Agriculture exhibited tableaus. The Deputy Commissioner Virendra Mittal, SP Vivekananda Das, APCC president Anjan Dutta were among others who attended the occasion.