GUWAHATI, Aug 16 � Along with the rest of the nation, Assam too celebrated the 66th Independence Day with patriotic fervour. While reports of celebration in different districts of the State are pouring in, our Correspondents add:
DOOMDOOMA: In the morning, former principal of Doomdooma College Dr Prafulla Medhi inaugurated the programme by garlanding the statue of Mahatma Gandhi.
Later, in the main function held at Doomdooma town field, Doomdooma Town Committee chairperson Trishna Das Chetia initiated the swahid tarpan. The circle officer of Doomdooma revenue circle Pallav Mazumdar hoisted the tri-colour. Local MLA Dilip Moran was also present.
In this programme Rotary Club of Doomdooma felicitated noted Assamese poet Dr Aruna Gogoi Baruah and national-level football referee and sportsman Manoj Gogoi. The club also awarded Master Subham Das of Rupai Jatiya Vidyalaya with a cash award of Rs 5,500/- in memory of late Ajit Baruah for securing highest marks (90.33%) in the HSLC examination-2012 in Doomdooma centre.
The Rotary Club also awarded eight Govt employees for their dedicated service. They are Daman Chutia (best gaonburah), Kobin Sonowal (best police constable), Inu Gohain (best ANM nurse), Margaret Kujur (best postal worker), Purna Kalita (best ASEB lineman), Atul Mahanta, Prafulla Gogoi (best telephone lineman) and Daya Tanti (best cleaner). The prizes of the drawing competition organised by Rotary Club on the occasion were also distributed. Several cultural programmes were performed and games and sports were also held.
Independence Day was also observed at Doomdooma Press Club in the presence of members of the Club where DPC president Anuj Kalita hoisted the tri-colour.
KALIABOR: Independence Day was celebrated here at Gandhi Maidan, Kuwaritol centrally under the auspices of Kaliabor Civil-subdivisional administration in the presence of public, Govt employees, students and others with a day-long programme.
The tri-colour was unfurled by Rajendra Prasad Sing, Parliamentary Secretary, Industry and Commerce. He inspected the guard of honour presented by police, NCC, scouts, guides and school units and took the salute. Speaking on the occasion he presented a brief account of progress of various developmental schemes and Govt�s future plans. He appealed to the public for co-operation in order to maintain peace, unity and fraternity.
Earlier, tributes were paid to Mahatma Gandhi and freedom fighters at SDO(C) office campus while swahid tarpan was performed at the Gandhi Maidan.
Freedom fighters, students securing highest marks in the last HSLC, HS examinations, best school � Pachim Kaliabor HS School, Bhomoraguri, Kothori ME School, as best Medical Health Centre, Noltoli, among the society - Pona Borua (social worker) Khira Sarma (dramatist and Golap Khaklari (Bodo organiser) were felicitated publicly. It was followed by a colourful cultural programme.
An exhibition football match was played between SDO(C) XI and Kaliabor district SA.
Karimganj: Unfurling the tri-colour at Karimganj Govt HS playground, Border Area Development Minister Siddeque Ahmed paid homage to the freedom fighters and urged upon the youth to follow the ideology of the patriots.
He recalled the sacrifice of the Father of Nation and appealed to all sections of people to maintain peace and harmony and uphold integration of the country. He highlighted various development schemes of the Tarun Gogoi Govt.
The Minister also distributed cheques among the beneficiaries under various development schemes. Earlier, patriotic songs were broadcast through FLS of DIPRO. Lions Club, Bharat Bikash Parishad, Rotary Club and Merchants� Association distributed fruits among the patients of Karimganj Civil Hospital, Red Cross Children�s Hospital and inmates of Karimganj District Jail.
Morigaon : Independence Day was observed here amidst a huge gathering. Social Welfare Minister Akon Bora hoisted the National Flag at Tarun Ram Phookan playground and took the saute.
Addressing the gathering Minister Bora paid tribute to Mahatma Gandhi and other freedom fighters who sacrificed their lives for country. He also dwelt at length on several welfare schemes taken by the State Government. Freedom fighter Bhaskar Ballav Deka was felicitated. Cultural programmes by Tiwa ethnic group attracted the people.
Mangaldai: Pradyut Bordoloi, Minister for Power and Industries, Govt of Assam unfurled the National Tri-colour at the function organised centrally by the Darrang district administration at the historical Gandhi Maidam.
Speaking as the chief guest, Minister Bordoloi said that the real objectives of Independepence is not simply unfurling the National flag but development of all the backward areas of the country with dignity and rights of every citizen being protected. In his brief speech he highlighted the achievements of the State Government since 2001, for which the per capita income of 1.5 percent in 2000 has now gone upto 8 percent, he added. Referring to the incidents of ethnic violence in Kokrajhar, Chirang and Dhubri, the Minister pointed out that few anti-social elements have been playing active role for creating sense of disbelief, hatred among various communities and urged the people to be united against them and identify them to thwart any such evil motive. The chief guest took the official salute from contingents under the leadership of platoon commander of SI Sumana Das. Later, the chief guest gave away the CM�s award for best community worker to folk culutral activist Dulu Boro of Borkola.Before moving towards the main function of the Independence Day celebration, Minister Bordoloi put floral garland on to the statue of the Father of the Nation Mahatma Gandhi and Bharat Ratna Lokapriya Gopinath Bordoloi.
Tinsukia: The Tri-colour was unfurled by Prithvi Majhi, Minister, Revenue, Labour, Employment etc. as chief guest at the Industrial Training Institute (ITI) field here after paying tribute to the martyrs.
In his speech he said that Assam has progressed tremendously in all aspects during the last ten or more years and the credit for this development must be given to the UPA Government in the Centre and Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi.
Giving details about the developmental progress in the field of health, education, road communications, including the bridges over the Brahmaputra at Bogibeel and Dhola, agriculture, rural development, public health engineering etc, he said that appointment of teachers through TET has become a very successful procedure. The chief guest further stated in his speech that the people of the State would see a sea change of development in all sectors in day to day life in the coming few years. He appealed the public to cooperate with Government in implementing the schemes of the Government which would improve the socio economic status of the people.
The chief guest has also inspected the Guard of Honour and received salutes of the march past that was participated by the Police, CRPF, NCC and school children numbering 19 contingents. The chief guest also honoured Lila Bora, freedom fighter.
KALAIGAON: Independence Day was celebrated at various places in Bhergaon subdivision with gaiety. At Kalaigaon, Dina Moni Das, Circle Officer, Kalaigaon Revenue Circle hoisted the national flag at Gandhi Bakori field, Kalaigaon in presence of thousands of people.
The Circle Officer felicitated six people namely- Gunendra Das,Robin Thakuria,Munnas Ali, Jona Ram Tamuli,Nandita Bora and Mrinmoy Kashyap Sarma for their remarkable contribution to the society in various fields.
Cultural events were also arranged on the occasion for boys and girls. At Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalaya (JNV) Kalaigaon campus, Madhab Sarma, principal, JNV, Kalaigaon hoisted the tricolour.
At sub-divisional HQ Bhergaon, Anil Deuri, SDO, Civil, Bhergaon hoisted the tricolour at Bhergaon High School playground.
Speaking on the occasion SDO Deuri paid tribute to thousands of known and unknown martyrs who had sacrificed their lives for the cause of motherland. Awards of excellence were given to 4 people including international level boxer Prabin Boro,for their outstanding performance in various fields. Bonjar Daimari, Deputy Speaker � BTC; Lwmsrao Daimari, EM, BTC; Kamali Basumatari, MLA; Rati Ram Boro and Jagadish Sarkar both MCLA, BTC and a few other distinguished people attended the ceremony.
At commercial town Tangla, DN Hazarika, Circle Officer, Harisinga Revenue Circle hoisted the national flag at Tangla HS School play-ground.
Speaking on the occasion DN Hazarika requested people to remember the supreme sacrifice of those who had sacrificed their lives for the freedom of our country. Five persons including- Chinmoy Kachari (scored highest marks in the district in HSLC) and senior journalist Keshab Dutta were felicitated for their respective contribution in various fields.
Digboi: Independence Day was celebrated at various places of Margherita Sub-Division including Margherita and Digboi. At Margherita the day-long programme began with public relay of patriotic songs from 6 am. The main programme was held with the hoisting of the national tri-colour by Raju Sahu, Parliamentary Secretary in the Central Field.
In his speech he referred to the various developmental activities carried out by the Government.
At Digboi the national flag was hoisted by JK Rajbonshi, EAC, Margherita in the Jubilee Field. In the evening Ramdhun was presented in Gandhi Maidan.
DIPHU: The 66th Independence Day was celebrated with gaiety and enthusiasm in the hill district Karbi Anglong amidst tight security in view of a boycott call given by group of insurgent outfits.
Defying the boycott and bandh called by the militant outfits people celebrated the Independence Day. The State HAD Minister; Kharsing Engti hoisted the national tricolor at Diphu KASA stadium.
He appealed all the militant organisations to shun the path of violence and to join the mainstream by participating in the development works. On the other hand, KAAC CEM, Joy Ram Engleng unfurled the national flag at Bokajan subdivision. It may be mentioned here that all the EMs,and MAC, KAAC celebrated the Independence Day hoisting the national flag in their respective constituencies.
According to report received, at Howraghat too, the Independence Day was celebrated with pomp and gaiety. Premala Beypi, EM, i/c Social Welfare Department, KAAC unfurled the tricolor and urged people to be united and join in the nation development works.
Goalpara:The tri-colour was unfurled by the Minister of Irrigation and Soil Conservation Ardhendu Dey accompanied by the deputy commissioner, Preetom Saikia and other senior officials at the Junior Technical School playground.
Ardhendu Dey in his speech highlighted the performance of the Government especially in the field of health, irrigation etc and the development works carried out in other sectors. He also appealed to all the citizens to help and support the endaevour of the district administration for maintaining peace and harmony in the district. He also urged all the citizens to be vigilant and prevent those trying to foment trouble in their areas.
Freedom fighter Upen Das was felicitated with a shawl, gamosa, xorai, a citation an a cash award of Rs 2000 from Goalpara Citizens� Forum, Assam Mohila Samata Society, Goalpara received the best community action award, Biru Bala Rabha, a social worker noted for her significant contribution against witch hunting Bazrul Rahman, of veteniary department for his works in the field of artificial insemination, Dipendu Das of Nirmala High School for securing highest marks in English subject in the last HSLC examination and 5 other sportspersons for their contributions were felicitated.