Patacharkuchi Feb 11: Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal on Wednesday formally inaugurated the newly constituted Bajali administrative district at a function held at Bajali Higher Secondary School playground and also laid the foundation stone of Bajali Milk Processing Unit to be set up at Pathsala for a total amount of Rs 4.68 crore under Chief Minister’s Samagra Gramya Unnayan Yojna.
The Chief Minister also declared Pathsala as’ neem nagari’ and urged to plant neem trees in Pathsala area with the initiative of the Ananda Khataniar brand ambassador of forest and environment department. He also presented neem sapling to Ananda Khataniar, newly appointed Deputy Commissioner Bhabani Prasad Sarma etc.
During the function he formally kick-started the project of making Bajali ‘neem nagari’. The new district has been declared as a district of Indian State vide government notificaion number GAG(B)491/2019/107 DTD 12/1/21 . Total area of land in the newly formed district is 382694 bighas and 22 lessa .Population of the district according to 2011 census 253744 nos. Two LAC Patacharkuchi and Bhabanipur, two circle offices of Bhabanipur and Patacharkuchi, two development blocks of Bajali and Bhabanipur, two municipal boards of Pathsala and Patacharkuchi, 5 nos of Zila Parishads , 2 nos of anchalik panchayat and 27 panchayats were included in the new district..
Speaking on the occasion, Chief Minister Sonowal congratulated the people of Bajali for the the 34th district of Assam and urged them to commit towards making Bajali one of the best districts in the state. He also said that responding to Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s call for Atma Nirbhar India, state government has taken steps for making Assam self-reliant and he called on the people of Bajali to spearhead this movement with human resource as students here always perform well in every examination and excel in academics.
Saying that alleviation of Bajali to a district would facilitate better opportunities and facilities to the residents here, Sonowal stressed on the need to constantly improve oneself to achieve success in this age of competition and urged the young generation to excel in all fields like science, sports, academics, culture etc so that the market of South East Asia can be captured with skills and knowledge. He also highlighted measures taken by the state government in the last four and half years to develop the state and directed the DC and SP of the district to facilitate people friendly administration.
The Chief Minister also hoped that Bajali Milk Processing Unit, once operational, would be able to contribute towards the goal of making Assam Atma Nirbhar.
“I have deep faith to the farmers of the bajali area those initiating a white revolution by producing record amount of milk in the area. After setting up the milk processing unit the farmers will be immensely benefited and they will earn more and it will also make them self reliant, a market will be created by producing various allied product from milk and there is ample scope of exporting the product to Bhutan too."
Minister of Industry and Commerce Chandra Mohan Patowary, during his speech, said that the struggle of Bajali residents for a district became successful under the strong leadership of Chief Minister Sonowal and the present state government has been making consistent efforts to equally develop upper and lower Assam regions with steps like setting up of multi modal logistic park at Jogighopa among others.
The meeting was attended by lower Assam commissioner S.P Gotmara, DIG of western range Debajit Mukharjee, Rupam Goswami chairman of Duliajan-Numaligarh Pipeline Ltd. and party leader of Bajali District and many other dignitaries were present. - ANN