Low-key I-Day celebrations across State due to COVID-19
MORIGAON, Aug 16 - Along with the rest of the country, the 74th Independence Day was celebrated at Morigaon maintaining social distance and other COVID-19 directives. The government function was held at Khirode Boruah Stadium, where Finance, PWD, Health and Education Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma unfurled the National Flag, and paid tributes to martyrs Swahid Tilak Deka, Gonabhiram Bordoloi and Hemoram Pator. He said laying of the foundation stone of the Ram Mandir at Ayodhya and Atmanirbhar Bharat campaign announced by Prime Minister Narendra Modi were two remarkable steps of the BJP-led government. Sarma referred to development schemes in Assam like Arunodoi under which every BPL family will get Rs 830 every month from October onwards. Sarma also visited the Gandhi Bhavan and paid floral tributes at the statue of Mahatma Gandhi.
SILCHAR: Unfurling the National Flag at the SM Dev Stadium, Cachar DC Keerthi Jalli conveyed her best wishes to the people and paid her homage to Mahatma Gandhi and the martyrs of the freedom struggle. Citing examples of Kanaklata, Kushal Konwar and other freedom fighters, Jalli said everyone should work unitedly for the betterment of the society. Silchar MP Rajdeep Roy, Assam Assembly Deputy Speaker Aminul Islam Laskar, MLAs Dilip Kumar Paul and Kishor Nath, DIG (Southern Range) Dilip Kumar Dey, Superintendent of Police Bhanwar Lal Meena were present. Doctors and health workers of Silchar Medical College and Hospital were felicitated, and Joint Director of Health Services Dr SJ Das received the felicitation on their behalf.
JORHAT: Water Resources, Science and Technology and Cultural Affairs (Library and Archaeology) Minister Keshab Mahanta unfurled the Tricolour at the Jorhat Court Field on the occasion of Independence Day. Mahanta said that under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the country was moving ahead. He also spoke about development work undertaken by the Sarbananda Sonowal government. In view of COVID-19 restrictions, no cultural function was held. Three freedom fighters � Debesar Doloi, Khagesar Gogoi and Kanakesar Bora � were felicitated at their residences. Rank holders of this year�s HSLC and HSLC examinations were also felicitated. In Majuli, the National Flag was unfurled by DC Bikram Kairi at Kachari Maidan in Garmur, the district headquarters of the Brahmaputra island. Kairi spoke about the various developmental schemes undertaken on the island.
NORTH LAKHIMPUR: Independence Day was celebrated across Lakhimpur district amidst the gloom of the COVID-19 pandemic in a low-key manner. The official celebration was held in the playground of North Lakhimpur Govt HS School. DC Dr Jeevan B unfurled the Tricolour, and took the salute. In Dhakuakhana, the Flag was hoisted by ADC and SDO Arinddam Baruah. Medical staff engaged in the COVID-19 fight, freedom fighters and meritorious students were felicitated.
RANGIYA: Independence Day was celebrated at the Rangiya HS Playground by the Rangiya civil administration. ADC-cum-SDO (civil) Bedanga Talukdar, who was the chief guest, hoisted the National Flag. Assam Police Battalion troupes took part in the march past and presented the guard of honour to the chief guest.
NALBARI: Maintaining COVID-19 protocol, the Nalbari district administration celebrated Independence Day at the SP Office parade ground with a brief function. The Tricolour was unfurled by DC Purabi Konwar, who recalled the sacrifice of the martyrs, and also explained development schemes of the government. The DC saluted the COVID warriors and hoped that the district will become COVID-free soon.
DERGAON: Independence Day was celebrated with limited participation at Dergaon. The Tricolour was unfurled by Circle Officer Utpal Kumar Deka at a programme at Naren Sarma Memorial field. Addressing a gathering about 50 people, the circle officer urged all to be united.
Dergaon MLA Bhabendra Nath Bhorali highlighted the government schemes. He mentioned the services of the frontline staff for combating the COVID-19 pandemic. Fruits were later distributed among patients at the 30-bed Dergaon community health centre.
BISWANATH CHARIALI: Independence Day was celebrated at Biswanath Chariali and Gohpur. The Tricolour was unfurled at Kachari Maidan at Biswanath Chariali by DC Dhruva Jyoti Das, who recalled the sacrifices of the freedom fighters. MLA Pramod Borthakur, Biswanath SP Rajen Singh were also present. The district administration felicitated 18 persons who excelled in various fields. Floral tributes were paid to martyrs at Cheniram Das Children�s Park and Trimurti Udyan. At Gohpur, ADC and SDO (C) Narendra Shah hoisted the flag and spoke about developmental activities.
MANGALDAI: Independence Day was celebrated at Kachari Maidan, where Minister of State (independent charge) for Panchayat and Rural Development Naba Kumar Doley hoisted the Tricolour in presence of DC Dilip Kumar Borah and SP Amrit Bhuyan. Doley recalled the contribution of freedom fighters like Dineswar Sarma, Tankeswar Sarma and Paniram Das. The organisers greeted COVID survivors, doctors, sanitation workers, funeral staff, nurses, media persons for their efforts in containing the COVID-19 pandemic situation. Rank holders of the HS and HSLC examinations were felicitated.
DOOMDOOMA: Independence Day was celebrated by the Tinsukia administration at ITI Field, where DC Bhaskar Pegu unfurled the National Flag, and took the salute. He paid homage to the martyrs. SP Shiladitya Chetia and officials of the district administration were also present.
At Doomdooma, the statue of Mahatma Gandhi at the heart of the town was garlanded by social activist Govind Phookan. At Doomdooma Town Field, journalist Dhiren Deka paid homage to martyrs, while Circle Officer Nandita Roy Gohain hoisted the Tricolour. She visited the residence of octogenarian freedom fighter Satyalata Gogoi at Phillobari Gauripur. At Margherita Central Field, ADC Pabitra Kumar Das hoisted the Tricolour. At Sadiya, ADC SK Gogoi unfurled the Flag at Chapakhowa Public Playground.
KOKRAJHAR: Social Welfare Minister Pramila Rani Brahma unfurled the Tricolour at Govt HS & MP school playground at Kokrajhar. She spoke about steps taken by the government for the welfare of people in the time of COVID-19 and flood. She appealed to people, irrespective of caste and creed, to remain united for the greater cause of peace and development. BTC Principal Secretary Siddharth Singh hoisted the Tricolour at the BTC Secretariat in Kokrajhar and paid homage at the statue of Bodofa UN Brahma.
UDALGURI: Udalguri district celebrated Independence Day with a small program. PHE Minister Rihon Daimari unfurled the Tricolour, and briefed about the various welfare schemes. All government offices, educational institutions and private agencies, as well as the business community celebrated the day in their offices. The Cycling Community of Udalguri town organised a bicycle ride as part of an awareness programme on fitness. A total of 50 participants rode cycles for 34 km to and from Udalguri to Bhairabkunda.
BAIHATA CHARIALI: Independence Day was celebrated at Numali Jalah parade ground at Amingaon by the Kamrup district administration. DC Kailash Karthik N hoisted the Flag, and recalled the contribution of the freedom fighters. Fruits were distributed among patients of Tola Ram Bafna Kamrup District Civil Hospital and COVID Care Centres. Chhaygaon MLA Rekibuddin Ahmed was present. Hajo Circle Officer Sukanya Bora hoisted the Tricolour at the Hajo Circle Office. Fruits were distributed among patients of Hajo Bishnu Ram Medhi Hospital.
DHUBRI: Independence Day was celebrated at Raja Prabhat Chandra Barua Playground, where the National Flag was hoisted by DC Anant Lal Gyani in the presence of SP Anand Mishra. Meanwhile, a controversy erupted when the BJP Raniganj Block Mandal hoisted the Tricolour along with the party flag.
DHEMAJI: The National Flag was unfurled by Minister Sanjay Kishan in the presence of DC Narsing Pawar and SP Dr Dhananjay P Ghanawat. In his speech, the minister recalled the sacrifices of martyrs like Maniram Dewan, Piyali Phukan and Kanaklata. Floral tributes were paid to Mahatma Gandhi and at the statues of 13 children and mothers who lost their lives in a bomb blast during the 58th Independence Day celebrations at the Dhemaji College Field in 2004.
BOKAKHAT: Independence Day was celebrated at the Bokakhat Stadium with a brief programme starting with garlanding of the portraits of Mahatma Gandhi and martyr Kamala Miri.
Unfurling the Tricolour, SDO (Civil) Bibek Shyam remembered the valiant heroes of the freedom movement like Kamala Miri, Beza Baishnav and Kushal Konwar. Assam Police and Special Rhino Protection Force of Kaziranga National Park took part in the march past. Shyam highlighted the developmental work in Bokakhat. Fruits and other eatables were distributed among inmates of Upper Assam Divyang Centre, Bokakhat Orphan Care Centre and patients of Swahid Kamala Miri Hospital.
DIPHU: In Diphu, the headquarters of Karbi Anglong district, the Tricolour was unfurled by Karbi Anglong Autonomous Council Chief Executive Member Tuliram Ronghang at Diphu Government HS School playground. He said that over more than seven decades, people have seen the rise of the nation in science and technology, agriculture, business and industry. He said the coronavirus pandemic has posed a huge challenge, and the way India has managed the situation, was highly commendable. He said the administration has not forgotten the aspiration of the people on the implementation of Article 244 A, for the creation of an autonomous state.
PATACHARKUCHI: The 74th Independence Day was celebrated with a restricted programme at Bajali. With limited attendance, the Tricolour was unfurled at the Bajali HS School playground by ADC and SDO (C) Nayanjyoti Bhagabati, who recalled the contribution of the martyrs of Bajali in the freedom struggle. He also lauded the efforts of the COVID warriors. Many people with special contribution in agriculture, village headmen, Anganwadi workers were felicitated.
GOALPARA: Amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, the Independence Day celebration was a low-key affair at the district headquarter�s Junior Technical School playground. Unfurling the Tricolour, Food and Civil Supplies Minister Phani Bhusan Choudhury recollected the sacrifice of the freedom fighters, and also spoke of following the footsteps of Mahatma Gandhi and maintaining peace and social harmony. Even though COVID-19 has slowed down the pace of development, he exuded confidence that the government�s efforts would bear fruit in tiding over the crisis. He highlighted various developmental schemes for the welfare of the people, especially for farmers.
KALAIGAON: Independence Day was celebrated at Kalaigaon and Bhergaon in Udalguri district. At Bhergaon, ADC Gokul Chandra Brahma hoisted the Tricolour at the SDO�s parade ground before offering floral tributes at the statue of Mahatma Gandhi. Brahma paid tributes to the heroes who sacrificed their lives for India�s freedom. He also thanked the COVID-19 warriors. SDPO Nirmalendu Ghosh, AC Kushal Kalita and AC Nirmaljyoti Sarma, Circle Officer Gayatri Pathak of Khoirabari were also present.
At Kalaigaon, Circle Officer Biraj Kumar Barua hoisted the Tricolour at Gandhi Bakori field, and thanked all the people involved in fighting COVID-19. Appreciation letters were presented to employees of Kalaigaon Police Station, Kalaigaon Block Office, Kalaigaon Model Hospital, APDCL, Kalaigaon Fire Services, and Kalaigaon VDP members for the fight against COVID-19.
A handicraft exhibition was organised where members of various self-help groups displayed their products. Circle Officer (Attached) Sujata Goswami, mouzadar Kamal Prasad Sarma were present.
GOSSAIGAON: ADC Ansula Basumatary hoisted the Tricolour at Gossaigaon HS School playground, and paid floral tributes to the martyrs. Basumatary appealed to all for their cooperation during the coronavirus pandemic and national calamities. He also spoke about the COVID-19 warriors, as due to their relentless service, the varus count in the region was low. Many health workers were felicitated with aronai and phulam gamosa, and citation. About 200 people witnessed the celebrations. Senior citizens and pensioners jointly celebrated the day at the Pensioners� Association Office, where secretary Ishran Narzary hoisted the Tricolour.
RAHA: In Raha, the celebration took place at the Sudhakantha Dr Bhupen Hazarika field where the Tricolour was unfurled by Circle Officer Priyangka Bania Dekam, who urged people to be united in the greater interest of the integrity of India and Assam. She also recalled the dedication of the freedom fighters of Assam and India in the freedom struggle. Several students who achieved good results in HSLC and HS examinations were felicitated. Raha MLA Dimbeswar Das and a many distinguished guests took part in the celebration. Akonir Kabita Ghor, a children�s organisation assisted the local administration in organising the celebrations.