GUWAHATI, Jan 28 � Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi today reiterated his Government�s commitment to the uplift of the poor and underprivileged, stating that there cannot be overall development of the State without the progress of farmers and those living in remote areas.
Gogoi said this in a meeting which saw him offer rich tributes to the martyrs of Patharughat where 140 Hindu and Muslim martyrs had laid down their lives on January 28, 1894 after being fired on by police.
Referring to the non-violent struggle of farmers belonging to both Hindu and Muslim communities, the Chief Minister said that the shared fight against British oppressors revealed the unity that existed among different groups in the State.
He said that since the time of Patharughat there have been problems for farmers, and even today there were challenges facing them. However, he said that his Government was committed to provide better support to all those involved in the agriculture sector.
Gogoi mentioned that new schemes have been introduced to improve the social and economic status of small and marginal farmers, and efforts have been made to provide more amenities to those who are economically weak.
He was of the belief that the Agriculture Training Centre to come up in the area will be able to provide services in horticulture, pisciculture and animal husbandry.
Appreciating the rich cultural importance of the area, Gogoi assured the public that a museum will be established to preserve and promote it.
An official release mentioned that Sipajhar MLA Binanda Kumar Saika drew Gogoi�s attention to a number of problems confronting the area, and a souvenir named Kheraj was also released by litt�rateur Devesh Sarma.