DIGBOI, Sept 7 - �Assam can emerge to be one of the best States in the nation if the people of Assam walk together towards that goal irrespective of caste, creed, sex and religion,� remarked Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal in his address to the people of Barekuri here under Digboi LAC in Tinsukia district.
Sonowal was addressing the people as the chief guest on the occasion of the 10th biennial conference of Barekuri regional unit of Yubak Sangha held at the premises of Borgaon Middle School in Barekuri.
Stressing on youth empowerment and skill development of the educated unemployed, Sonowal said that the youth of Barekuri are the most talented and courageous lot he has ever heard of in the State. They have made the State proud in sports including football. He urged the youths to get trained and acquire skills through various government schemes opened up for the purpose and utilise their potentialities for the development of Assam as a whole.
Emphasizing on the need to stand together cutting across all barriers, Sonowal said that Assam would be one of the best States in the nation if the people walk together and contribute their best for the promotion of peace, development and unity.
Meanwhile, Sonowal hailed the fortitude of the common people during the recent floods in the absence of basic civic amenities in a remote place like Barekuri. The Chief Minister announced Rs 50 lakh for the development and promotion of sports in the area. Another Rs 50 lakh was declared for development of cultural activities in the area. Sonowal said that the grievances of the people in respect of road connectivity, electricity, drinking water availability, health and sanitation etc., would be attended in a phased manner.
Various local organisations including Barekuri Yubak Sangha submitted memorandums to the State government on issues relating to the area and their demands.
Earlier in the morning, Sonowal along with Paul Polmen, the CEO of the Hindustan Unilever Limited inaugurated the 4th unit of HUL at Doomdoma (Personal Product Factory) worth Rs 1000 crore. Sonowal urged the company to provide employment to the local youths and asked the company to adhere to the provisions of Corporate Social Responsibility.
The Chief Minister was accompanied by a host of MLAs and MPs.