NORTH LAKHIMPUR, April 9 - Bhumi Poojan and start of construction work on the much-awaited Medical College here took place on Saturday with the declaration by Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal that henceforth the erstwhile backward north bank areas along the Brahmaputra would witness a paradigm shift on the development front.
The bhumi poojan began with a religious ceremony which was attended by the Chief Minister, State Health Minister Dr Himanta Biswa Sarma, PWD Minister Parimal Sukla Baidya, Health Commissioner Sameer Sinha and four MLAs from Lakhimpur, namely Utpal Dutta, Naba Doley, Mamun Imdadul Haq Chawdhury and Devananda Hazarika, besides Lakhimpur MP Pradan Baruah.
A largely attended public meeting was organised in the campus of North Lakhimpur Civil Hospital to mark the occasion. Addressing the public, Chief Minister Sonowal said that history would remember this day for the beginning of a medical college in North Lakhimpur. He said that the north bank areas of the Brahmaputra in Assam, known for its perennial backwardness and least developed status, would henceforth witness a paradigm shift in development.
Speaking on the occasion, State Health Minister Dr Himanta Biswa Sarma shed light on the welfare schemes initiated by the Government for overall development in the healthcare sector. Cheques in the form of compensation for land acquisitions were also distributed in the meeting which was attended by Lakhimpur Deputy Commissioner Barun Bhuyan.