BISWANATH CHARIALI, July 28 - Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal inaugurated the renovated historical Gohpur police station today. Addressing a function on the occasion, the Chief Minister said that even at the time when the British ruled the world, the people of Gohpur, Sootea, Dhekiajuli, etc., had taken up the cause of bravery against the British guns. Such unparalleled courage proves how strong the Assamese nation is.
The Chief Minister, therefore, urged the new generation to work hard for a strong future seeking inspiration from the colourful pages of our history. Referring to the present era as the era of competition, the Chief Minister also called upon the new generation to take up the cause of progress in all walks of life. Only then the Assamese nation will be able to provide world leadership, he said.
Recognising the importance of preserving history and archeological monuments, Sonowal said that the present government has taken special steps in this direction since taking over the reins of government. He also said that the present government has been making concerted efforts to analyse the resources and potential of Assam by adopting the �Discovery of Assam� programme.
The Chief Minister directed the Minister-in-Charge of the Department of Archaeology, Keshab Mahanta, to take steps to digitise the historical documents preserved in the Gohpur police station. He called upon the people to play a leading role in maintaining peace and harmony in Assam in the future. Noting that the present government has always respected positive criticism, the Chief Minister also called upon the people to show their grievances if there is any malpractice in the government.
Before the unveiling of the reconstructed building of this historic police station today, the Chief Minister paid homage to all the martyrs of the freedom struggle. He also browsed through the historic diaries, information etc., kept inside the police station.
Speaking on the occasion, Minister for Cultural Affairs, Archaeology and Libraries and Water Resources, Keshab Mahanta said that Sarbananda Sonowal, as Chief Minister, has been involved in the preservation of historical monuments of Assam and various ethnic groups. In addition to allocating Rs 25 crore for the conservation of bird sanctuaries, the Central government has also taken steps to make Sivasagar district one of the five iconic sites in the country as a result of the efforts of the present government. He said that the protection of Gohpur and Sootea police stations, which are associated with the history of India's freedom struggle, has been done on the instructions of the Chief Minister. He said that the Archaeology department has made arrangements for the preservation of the police station in the same way as it used to be.
Minister for Handicraft and Textiles, Ranjit Dutta said that today is a memorable day and the preservation of this famous police station will enable future generations to get acquainted with our colourful history. Earlier on Monday, the Chief Minister had inaugurated the renovated historical Sootea Police Station established in 1913. He had assured that the call for setting up of a number of government offices at Sootea would be considered positively. He assured that appropriate steps would be taken for the construction of a modern stadium at Sootea. The Chief Minister also laid the foundation stone of Sootea Inspection Bungalow which is to be constructed at an estimated cost of Rs 1 crore.
Pallav Lochan Das, MP from Tezpur Lok Sabha constituency, MLAs Padma Hazarika, Pramod Borthakur and Utpal Bora also spoke on the occasion. Cultural Affairs Secretary Madhurima Sen Baruah, Archaeology Director Deepirekha Kauli, Biswanath Deputy Commissioner Dhruvajyoti Das and many others were present on the occasion.
The Chief Minister also visited Pabhoi Green, an organic farm at Pabhoi, the Kalyani Temple at Deepora and the erosion-affected sites at Behali during his programme in the district.