BAIHATA CHARIALI, Dec 8 - Along with the rest of the country, the Armed Forces Flag Day was also observed at Amingaon on Thursday.
In this connection, a meeting was held at the conference hall of the office of the Deputy Commissioner of Kamrup in the presence of a number of officials of the district administration and other citizens. Participating in the meeting, Dayal Chandra Kakati, District Sainik Welfare Officer (DSWO), Amingaon explained the significance of the day and said that in 1949 the Government of India had decided to observe this day on December 7. �However, the Britishers had observed it as �Poppy Day� during the IInd World War. After independence, we had wars in 1948, 1965, 1971 and 1999 (Kargil) with Pakistan and in 1962 with China. In 1987, we helped Sri Lanka with Indian Peace Keeping Forces (IPKF),� he said. Besides these, the Army, Navy and Air Force have been playing a major role in various anti-militancy operations and during other calamities like tsunami, floods, earthquakes etc., and made supreme sacrifices for the nation. In return, we have a number of widows, orphans who have been suffering a lot of problems though the Government has provided various facilities to those families. Ignoring all these sufferings, our forces are always serving the nation keeping the war memorial writings (in Imphal) in mind, �We have given OUR today for THEIR tomorrow,� Kakati said.
Forest Dept�s initiative: As per the direction of the Forest Minister, Pramila Rani Brahma, the North Kamrup (NK) Forest Division has taken some strict initiatives against illegal traders of forest resources and dishonest businessmen to curb their illegal activities in the division.
As a mark of this mission, the division has erected a concrete wall in front of the entrance of stone mahals at Gopeswar as a number of allegations regarding illegal supply of stones from the mahals there, by dishonest businessmen were raised a few months back . In Dirgheswari, Baka and its adjoining areas the division has already constituted joint forest management committees between the public and forest workers to keep a strict vigil on illegal activities in the forest areas and to protect forest resources.
Recently as per direction of the Divisional Forest Officer ( DFO), a team of the Forest Department comprising Nripen Kalita and Subodh Talukdar ACF of the division, a beat officer and other field workers carried out a drive at a number of places along the Puthimari river from where river sand was being dug illegally by excavators, but the miscreants involved in the act somehow managed to flee from the spot before the forest team arrived there. Patrolling duty has been intensified on the roads and some other vulnerable areas to check these illegal activities.