GUWAHATI, Jan 28 � The 63rd Republic Day was celebrated all over the State with the usual fanfare. Our correspondents report:
Barama: The Republic Day was celebrated at the Circle Office ground in Mushalpur district, which included flag hosting, march past and cultural programme. Army band of Barama army camp, Hamesha Aage Brigade of Red Horn Division also participated in the event. The band display by the Army was appreciated by the locals.
The Army camp stationed at Barama organised various programmes in schools and colleges.
Hailakandi: The 63rd Republic Day was also celebrated in Hailakandi with a day-long programme. Cooperation and Border Areas Development Minister Siddeque Ahmed unfurled the Tricolour at the main function organised by the district administration at Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose stadium in Hailakandi.
In his speech, he paid tribute to the martyrs of freedom movement and said that the people of the country should acknowledge their contribution and follow the path shown by them. The minister elaborately discussed the various developmental schemes implemented in the State and sought the help of the people for the proper accomplishment of these schemes.
He also felicitated the meritorious students of the districts and distributed the cheques and financial assistance to the beneficiaries under different Government schemes. A cultural programme was also organised on the occasion.
Bongaigaon: The Bongaigaon district administration centrally celebrated the Republic Day at Gandhi Maidan here amid tight security. Irrigation and Soil Conservation Minister Ardhendu Dey unfurled the Tricolor with due honour and sincerity.
In his public address, the minister highlighted the achievements of the State Government.
At Kajalgaon, the Chirang district headquarters, the deputy chief of BTC Kampa Borgoyari hoisted the Tricolor to mark the Republic Day celebration at the parade ground.
In his address, Borgoyari mentioned about the ongoing developments in BTC area. Besides, he remembered martyrs of Bodoland on the occasion.
Biswanath Chariali: Along with the rest of the country, the 63rd Republic Day was celebrated at Biswanath Chariali with a day-long programme under the aegis of Biswanath Civil administration with gaiety and fanfare. On the occasion, the National Tricolour was unfurled by the chief guest Abhijit Baruah, SDO(C ) at Kachari Maidan attended by a large gathering.
Addressing the gathering, he paid homage to the martyrs who laid down their lives for the great cause of the country and also explained in brief the developmental schemes initiated by the State Government and their implementation and achievements, in particular, in Biswanath subdivision during the last year under the leadership of Tarun Gogoi.
Earlier, floral tributes were paid to the statue of Mahatma Gandhi at the Cheniram Das Memorial Shishu Udyan. The chief guest also took salute of the march past presented by the contingents of Assam Police, NCC, Scouts and Guides of local college and schools and JNV, Sonitpur. This was followed by felicitation to the freedom fighters and meritorious students. Fruits were distributed to the inmates of the district jail, patients of Chariali Civil Hospital and the students of the Handicapped School. The daylong programmes also included relay of patriotic songs through FLS of Janasanyog, presentation of cultural shows, sports competitions among children and a friendly cricket match between SDO(C) XI and Biswanath District Sports Association XI in the evening.
The programme was attended by Prabin Hazarika, MLA, Biswanath LAC, Dilip Baruah, chairman, Biswanath Chariali Municipal Board, Purneswar Doley, SDPO, Biswanath, Dr Kosheswar Borah, ex-minister etc, among others.
Dhekiajuli: At Dhekiajuli, the 63rd Republic Day was celebrated in a befitting manner. After swahid tarpan Manoj Sikaria, circle officer hoisted the National Flag at the Shahid Maidan.
Revenue circle officer Sikaria in his speech paid glowing tributes to the freedom fighter and martyrs of the country including martyrs of Gohpur and Dhekiajuli.
The cultural programme presented by the students of Netaji Bidya Mandir and Dhekiajuli Girls� High School attracted large section of people. Playing of bands by 3 NH Assam Rifles and Khukri dance by the jawans of 5/1 Gorkha Rifles also attracted the audience. Gorkha Rifles also displayed various weapons before the public. As a part of the programme, fruits were distributed among patients of Shahid Manbar Nath 30-bed hospital. A friendly cricket match was held at DSA playground between DSA XI and Officers� eleven.
Nalbari: The 63rd Republic Day was celebrated in Nalbari district amid tight security due to the boycott call given by some militant outfits.
The function organised by the district administration at Nalbari Police Reserve playground for the first time instead of the historic Gurdon HS School playground was attended by thousands of people. The National Tricolour was hoisted by Rajib Lochan Pegu, Minister of Water Resources and Plain Tribes Development.
He also inspected the guard of honour.
The minister felicitated more than twenty freedom fighters of the district.