GUWAHATI, March 14 - Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal today said his government will set up a Cultural Research Centre for Gorkhas in the city and a plot of land will be provided wherein statues of three legendary figures of the Gorkha community will be installed.
Meeting a delegation representing three Gorkha communities at the Assam Legislative Assembly here today, Sonowal said, �Gorkhas are an integral part of the larger demographic profile of Assam and together they have contributed immensely to strengthen the socio-cultural fabric of the State.�
In recognition to the immense role played by the people belonging to the Gorkha community, the State government will set up the Cultural Research Centre for Gorkhas. Moreover, steps will be taken to install the statues of Chabilal Upadhaya, Bhakta Bahadur Pradhan and Dalbir Singh Lohar, three legendary Gorkha personalities, in recognition of their role in strengthening the demographic diversities of the State.
Members of the Asom Nepali Sahitya Sabha, the Gorkha Students� Union and the Asom Gorkha Sammelan held a meeting with the Chief Minister and apprised him of different problems that the Gorkha community is confronting with. Sonowal assured the delegation of taking tangible steps to solve the problems of the Gorkha people.
There are approximately 25 lakh Gorkha people living in the State. Later, the Chief Minister also met a delegation of the All Assam Bengali Youth Students� Federation at the Assam Legislative Assembly and assured the delegation of taking appropriate steps for resolving various issues raised by the delegation.
He also said the State government will extend best possible steps to the people belonging to the Bengali community for their socio-economic and cultural development.
On the alleged encumbrances related to the NRC update, Sonowal assured the delegation to take up the matter with the NRC Coordinator to remove all bottlenecks. The seven-member delegation led by its advisor Sukumar Biswas also submitted a memorandum to the Chief Minister.
Chief Minister�s Media and Legal Advisors Hrishikesh Goswami and Shantanu Bharali, Chief Secretary TY Das, Additional Chief Secretaries Alak Kumar and Rajib Bora among others were present at the meeting.