KOKRAJHAR, Oct 2 - The birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi was celebrated here today with a daylong programme.
It began with the paying of floral tribute at the portrait of Gandhi by Kokrajhar Deputy Commissioner Madhav Prasad Sharma at the Kokrajhar Basic Training Centre. Sharma recalled the contribution of Gandhi to the freedom movement.
The DC also flagged off a mass cleanliness programme in Kokrajhar town on the occasion. Bishnu Narzary, chairman of the Kokrajhar Municipal Board, and other dignitaries attended the programme.
MANGALDAI: The birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi was celebrated by the Darrang district administration, which organised a public function at the Gandhi Smriti Park. State Water Resources and Fishery Minister Basanta Das, Darrang Deputy Commissioner Manoj Kumar, freedom fighters, prominent citizens and others paid floral tributes at the Mahatma Gandhi memorial. This was followed by an all-religion prayer, performance of Ram Dhun Bhajan by academician Rajendra Barua and a quiz competition among school students.
The function, anchored by the Circle Officer of Pathorighat Revenue Circle, was also addressed by the associate professor of Mangaldai College, Dr Angirash, who spoke on the relevance of the work and philosophy of Gandhi in the present-day world. Students Rashid Akhtar and Nilajana Kashyap also spoke on the occasion.
The daylong programme ended in the evening with the lighting of lamps at the Gandhi Smriti Park and the Deputy Commissioner�s office campus. Earlier, Ram Dhun Bhajan was played on the FLS system of the Public Relations Department, which was followed by the garlanding of the statue of Mahatma Gandhi in front of the Deputy Commissioner�s court.
The Mangaldai Municipal Board carried out a plantation programme on the Mahatma Gandhi Road under the MLA�s Local Area Development Fund. Minister Basanta Das launched the programme in the morning in the presence of the chairman of the Mangaldai Municipal Board, Pratap Bordoloi, Executive Officer in-charge Rahul Das and other senior officials of the district administration, elected ward commissioners, leading citizens, media persons and others.
DOOMDOOMA: Gandhi Jayanti was observed at the Kasturba Labour Welfare Centre in Daimukhia Tea Estate on Friday. The programme began with a prayer meeting in the morning. Later, a tree plantation drive and various competitions among students were held. A meeting was also held and the prizes for the competitions were distributed. The meeting was addressed by social activists Ananta Khataniar, Karam Singh Bhakta, Giridhari Nanda, Simi Mech and others.
The Tinsukia district committee of the Bharat Swabhiman Yatra undertook a cleanliness drive at Rupai Siding near here on the occasion.
Gandhi Jayanti was also observed at Doomdooma College by its NSS unit. Associate professors of the college Birendra Nath Hazarika and Dr Anjan Saikia urged the students to follow the ideals of Gandhi.
UDALGURI: The people of Udalguri town observed the Gandhi Jayanti on Friday by launching a massive cleanliness drive in and around Udalguri town. The programme was organised by the Udalguri Town Committee.
It may be noted that as part of the programme of the Union Government and in collaboration with the State Government, the Udalguri Town Committee undertook the cleanliness drive, which concluded with a meeting at the historic Gandhi Maidan. The cleanliness drive was initiated by Ripen Daimari, chairman of the Udalguri Town Committee.
After the cleanliness drive, a meeting was held at the Gandhi Maidan to pay tribute to the Father of the Nation. Jatindra Kumar Sarmah, retired principal of Udalguri HS School, said that Gandhi fought for three basic needs � food shelter and household for every Indian, which is still a far cry for the majority of Indians. He also appealed to women to take a leading part in the cleanliness drive.
The meeting was also addressed by Pushpadhar Sarmah, a Sahitya Akademi awardee of Udalguri, PK Deb, Deputy Director of Town and Country Planning of the BTC. A group of students from the Udalguri Sangeet Mahavidyalaya sang Vande Mataram on the occasion.