MANGALDAI, Oct 21 - Governor Banwarilal Purohit paid rich tributes to the 140 martyrs of historical Pathorughat Peasants� Uprising in 1894 on Thursday. He visited the �Krishak Swahid Udyan� in the present Pathorughat at around 9 am on Thursday morning and offered floral tributes at martyrs memorial there at the park.
Speaking on the occasion, the Governor termed the Pathorughat peasants� uprising as one of the glorious chapters of India�s freedom struggle and appealed to the younger generations never to forget the supreme sacrifices of the courageous farmers. Deputy Commissioner, Darrang, Ashok Kr Barman, Superintendent of Police, Darrang, Sunil Kumar and other senior officials of the district administration also accompanied the Governor.
Earlier in the morning, the Governor participated in a mass cleanliness drive organised as a part of the Swachh Bharat Abhijan, organised by the district administration at the Mangaldai Sanatan Dharma Sabha premises. Addressing the people gathered on the occasion, Purohit highlighted the importance of cleanliness in every sphere of life and also urged the people to make the national social movement a big success.
The Governor who had arrived here on Wednesday afternoon on a two-day maiden visit, held meetings with the heads of all Government departments at the Deputy Commissioner�s conference hall in the evening. He later also met members of the local civic and panchayat institutions, delegates of several non- political local public organisations including Government Pensioners� Association, Senior Citizens� Forum, Sahitya Sabha, principals of colleges and Chambers of Commerce among others. Members of pioneer NGOs of the district Sipajhar Diamond Club, Mangaldai Crystal Vision, NE-CARD and Inner Vision of Duni also held discussions with the Governor on various issues related to the socio-economic uplift of the district.
�The Governor responded in positive to our demand for setting up of a Children Science Centre and a Day Care Home for the elderly persons at Mangaldai,� said Manabendra Baruah, secretary of Crystal Vision. Similarly, Kamal Nath, Executive Director of Inner Vision also seemed to be encouraged after the meeting of the Governor. He said �The Governor after hearing of our activities in presence of Sipajhar MLA, Binanda Kr Saikia observed the need of linking the training and marketing of the water hyacinth products, which are being conducted by us with some Government schemes.� The Governor also emphasised on rectifying the activities of the Red Cross Society with the involvement of young dynamic members of the local voluntary bodies. Earlier, members of the NGOs greeted the Governor with a beautifully designed memento symbolising rural Assam crafted by local artisans of Darrang.