JORHAT, Dec 11 - Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal on Friday said that Titabar has a historical significance and inhabitants of the place must strive to sustain it.
Addressing a public meeting held at Dhali High School playground at Titabar (A civil subdivision of Jorhat district) after inaugurating the Thengal Cultural Centre and Museum and the Giridhar Thengal Memorial Auditorium, Sonowal praised the Thengal Kachari Autonomous Council (TKAC), for taking this legacy forward.
The Chief Minister lauded the role played by the TKAC in preserving the traditions, culture and heritage of the Thengal Kacharis and development of the area as an agricultural hub.
He also paid tributes at the portraits of former Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi and noted political leader Giridhar Thengal. It may be mentioned here that Gogoi was the sitting legislator of Titabar for the fourth time in a row at the time of his demise.
Stressing on the importance of obtaining education by the upcoming generation to achieve rapid development of Thengal Kachari people in the age of science and technology, Sonowal cited the example of former IAS officer Ashok Saikia who, hailing from Titabar, shone at the national-level bureaucracy. Sonowal urged the local youths to aspire for such excellence.
Sonowal also hoped that the Thengal Cultural Centre and Museum would prove to be a key landmark for the entire State. Reiterating that the Assamese identity was safe and secure during the time of the present State government, he said that works, which were ignored by the previous governments, had been completed now and the incumbent government had provided land pattas to indigenous landless people to sustain the local people�s rights over the State.
�In the spirit of Prime Minister Narendra Modi�s �Sabka ka saath saab ka vikash� policy, culture, traditions, heritage and prestige of all small and big communities of Assam were being preserved and they had been equally developed,� the Chief Minister observed.
He also assured to look into the demand of the TKAC for setting up a sericulture college, an ITI, senior citizens� home, a library at Titabar.
Agriculture Minister Atul Bora also spoke on the occasion. Minister of State (Independent) for Revenue and Disaster Management Jogen Mohan, Rajya MP Kamakhya Prasad Tasa, Khumtai MLA Mrinal Saikia, CEO of Sonowal Kachari Autonomous Council Dipuranjan Makrari, CEO of Deuri Autonomous Council Madhab Deuri, Satradhikar of Uttar Kamalabari Satra of Majuli, Janardan Deb Goswami were also present in the programme along with other dignitaries.
Later in the evening, the Chief Minister held a discussion with the authorities and scientists of the Assam Agricultural University at Borbheta here. He reviewed the activities of the varsity.