SILCHAR, Oct 2 - The 150th birth anniversary of Father of the Nation, Mahatma Gandhi was observed with reverence across Cachar district on Wednesday.
Rich tributes were paid to the Mahatma by people of all ages across offices, academic establishments, NGOs and even private establishments.
Silchar MP Dr Rajdeep Roy along with Deputy Speaker Aminul Haque Laskar and Deputy Commissioner Laya Madduri visited the site which Gandhi had visited back in 1921 and delivered a lecture arousing nationalistic sentiments.
Addressing the gathering, Dr Rajdeep Roy said that while there are roads in cities dedicated to the Father of the Nation across the country, Silchar should also be included in the list of cities for which he would speak to appropriate authorities. �Like other cities in India and around the world, we can have a road in Silchar dedicated to the Mahatma which would be a fitting tribute to him. We are enriched by bearing the history of his visit to Silchar during India�s fight for freedom.�
Deputy Speaker Aminul Haque Laskar also proposed for a change of the name of Fatak Bazar, the oldest market place in the town.
Deputy Commissioner Laya Madduri expressed her satisfaction in recollecting the visit of Gandhi at Fatak Bazar.
Meanwhile, tributes were paid to Gandhi by students and teachers of Women�s College Silchar amidst a Swachhta hi Seva drive within the college premises. National Institute of Technology Silchar also observed the day by taking pledge to keep the campus and surroundings clean. Also, competitions and cleanliness drive were carried out to mark the occasion.
Our Hailakandi Correspondent adds: Along with the rest of the country, Hailakandi district too paid solemn tributes to Mahatma Gandhi on the occasion of his 150th birth anniversary on Wednesday.
In the wee hours, Fit India Plogging Run cum Swachhta Rally was kicked off from the Deputy Commissioner�s office and traversed through NS Road, Old Hospital Road, Kalibari Point and culminated at Gandhighat. Scores of participants while running picked up litter along the way. The rally was organised by the Hailakandi Municipal Board. Another plogging run was organised by District Sports Office in association with an NGO, Peace and Humanity Foundation in the morning hours.
Deputy Commissioner, Keerthi Jalli, Additional Deputy Commissioner EL Faihraem, Executive Officer, Hailakandi Municipal Board, Prodip Timung, Inspector of Schools, Rajiv Kumar Jha and other officials paid floral tribute at the life-size statue of Mahatma Gandhi at Gandhighat. People from all walks of life also paid tributes to the Mahatma.
Jalli administered the pledge to the citizens and school students to devote themselves for a clean and healthy Hailakandi. In her address, Jalli gave a clarion call to the citizens to make Hailakandi free of single-use plastic.
Jalli also formally launched the Angikaar scheme under PMAY Housing for All (U) in the presence of selected beneficiaries. Prizes were also given away by the dignitaries to the winners of wall painting competition on the occasion.