JORHAT, Jan 5: Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal on Tuesday asserted that his BJP-led Government in the past four-and-a-half years had been carrying out a process of development and progress, and was simultaneously taking steps to protect the languages, art and cultures of all indigenous communities, tribes and sub-tribes of Assam.
Sonowal was speaking as the Chief Guest at a function organized at Borduar in Majuli to distribute free scooties to female meritorious students of the Brahmaputra island district who secured first division in the Higher Secondary Examination, 2020 under the Dr Banikanta Kakati Merit Award – Pragyan Bharati Scheme 2020. Altogether 121 students of Majuli will be benefited under the scheme.
The Chief Minister while stating that his Government initiated a journey of development and progress across the State in an inclusive manner covering all sections of the society, said the Government also simultaneously had been taking steps to preserve and protect the rich treasure trove of languages, art and cultural practices of various indigenous groups, tribes and sub-tribes.
He said in this regard the Government undertook initiatives to keep alive the legacies of great personalities of different ethnic communities and groups and also extended support in organising different festivals and activities of such groups and communities.
Sonowal further claimed that no previous Government had accorded so much priority regarding protecting the rights of indigenous people like his Government has done. He pointed out that the present State Government had till date distributed land pattas to 1.10 lakh landless families belonging to various indigenous groups and tribes across Assam and by this month another one lakh such landless families will receive land documents.
Congratulating the meritorious students who have been benefited under the scheme, the Chief Minister exhorted them to work hard to achieve higher goals in life.
Hoping that the giving away scooties to meritorious students will inspire students, especially those of the rural areas, to pursue education by overcoming hardships, Sonowal urged the parents to support their children in receiving education. He hinted at Government taking up more schemes for students’ welfare in the future.
The Chief Minister, who is the sitting MLA of Majuli, urged the island residents to keep alive the cultural and spiritual legacy of the Brahmaputra island vibrant and contribute in spreading more information about the place across the globe.
In the same function Sonowal symbolically laid the foundation stone of a Government Model College to be established at Borduar and also launched 16 schemes of various Government departments in Majuli.
The Chief Minister also felicitated upcoming singer of Majuli Tulika Saikia and handed over a cheque of Rs 50,000 to her.
Sonowal later inaugurated an anganwadi centre made of waste plastic water bottles with bricks by the district administration under the Kishalay project at Kakorikota Pabona village.