GUWAHATI, Jan 27 - Asserting that the State government is committed to making Assam free of corruption, illegal migrants, terrorism and pollution, Governor Prof Jagdish Mukhi on Friday made a strong pitch for a people-centric development model for the State. Mukhi also called for strengthening the bond of brotherhood among the diverse communities living in the State.
The Governor, who was addressing the Republic Day function here after receiving the ceremonial guard of honour at the Veterinary College playground at Khanapara, said the government also envisages an increase in agricultural wealth, betterment of education and healthcare sectors, progress in trade and industry, enhancement of employment opportunities and development of infrastructure.
He added that the Assam Accord would be implemented in its true spirit and steps would be taken to free Assam of illegal migrants while safeguarding the rights and interests of all Indian citizens residing in the State.
�The government has taken utmost precautions to ensure the names of all genuine Indians are included in the updated NRC. The sealing of the India-Bangladesh border is one of the top priorities for making Assam free of illegal migrants from across the Bangladesh border,� he said.
On the issue of tackling graft, the Governor said the present State government at Dispur is dealing with corruption at different levels with iron hand. �We are for curbing corruption in government offices and bringing more transparency into the system. My government has also taken several other initiatives such as making e-tendering compulsory for government contract, abolition of oral interviews in Grade-III and IV recruitment, abolition of illegal checkgates, etc.,� Prof Mukhi said.
The Governor said more and more investors are showing interest in investing in the State with many multilateral funding and industrial houses willing to fund various projects and programmes. �The government intends to make Guwahati the gateway to South-east Asia. A separate department, �Act East Policy Affairs Department�, has been set up precisely for the purpose. The ensuing �Advantage Assam� Global Investors Summit in Guwahati will showcase Assam before a wider audience of investors,� he added.
Complementing the government for improved law and order situation in the State, Prof Mukhi said no stone would be left unturned for ensuring peace in Assam. �Discussion with all the 13 militant groups which are under suspension of operation is progressing in the right direction,� he said.
Emphasising on the need of skill development, the Governor said the Assam Skill Development Mission has taken a target of skilling 1.5 lakh youth every year.
Rights panel celebrates Republic Day: Assam State Commission for Protection of Child Rights (ASCPCR) celebrated the 69th Republic Day yesterday. The programme was marked by flag hoisting on the office premises.
On the occasion, ASCPCR Chairperson Dr Sunita Changkakati and Commission members Dr Nani Gopal Goswami and Rupa Hazarika along with officials of the Commission conducted a Republic Day sensitisation programme among the slum children near the Guwahati railway station, informed a press release.
R-Day celebrated at Don Bosco School: Along with the rest of the country, Don Bosco School, Panbazar, too celebrated the 69th Republic Day with a colourful programme at its football field. Justice CR Sarma, retired judge of the Gauhati High Court, was the chief guest on the occasion. Sarma unfurled the Tricolour in presence of school principal Fr Sebastian Mathew, parish priest Fr Vincent Xaxlo, vice principal Fr Pradeep Ekka, students, teachers and parents.
Assam Jatiya Bidyalay celebrates R-Day with fervour: Assam Jatiya Bidyalay, Noonmati also celebrated the 69th Republic Day with its principal hoisting the national flag in presence of hundreds of school students, guardians and other teachers.