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Aid provided to storm-hit people at Harisinga

By Correspondent

KALAIGAON, Sept 21 - On the occasion of �Swatchata Hi Sewa� celebration, the Udalguri district administration organised various programmes in the district, including ceremonial distribution of rehabilitation grants to storm-affected families of the district.

The programme was organised at Bhupen Hazarika Mukali Mancha, Harisinga, on Wednesday. The event started with a cleanliness drive at Harisinga hospital launched by Rihon Daimari, Minister of PHE, Food and Civil Supply, at 11 am followed by the grants and aids distribution ceremony at 12 am.

BJ Manta, ADC of Udalguri and project director of DRDA, Udalguri, conducted the oath-taking ceremony where all the people, including the minister and officials, took the pledge of keeping of houses and villages clean. They also took the pledge of discarding polythene-based items for a pollution free society.

Speaking about the implementation of new mission �Swatchata Hi Sewa� in the district, Sadhana Hojai, Deputy Commissioner of Udalguri, welcomed all the distinguished guests and people present on the occasion.

Minister Rihon Daimari, attending as the chief guest, spoke on the need for involving common people in the mission. The meeting was also attended by Nitin Khade, Secretary to the Government of Assam, Information and Technology Department; Maheswar Boro, MLA of Kalaigaon; Suresh Tanti, MCLA of BTC, besides hundreds of people.

The minister distributed the rehabilitation grants to 940 storm-affected families of the district. Ex-gratia grants of Rs 5 lakh each were distributed to four families whose kith and kin were missing due to social disturbances in the past years.

The minister also distributed Revolving Funds to selected SHO village organisations and Community Investment Fund of Rs 2.5 lakh each to selected beneficiaries. A discussion was also held later at Udalguri Circuit House where Daimary said that he would take steps to promote eco-tourism in picturesque villages bordering Bhutan and Arunachal Pradesh with introduction of �Home Stay� amenities to tourists.

Deputy Commissioner of Udalguri was also present in the discussion with environment and wildlife activists.

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