JORHAT, Aug 22 - Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal on Friday said the government will organise Rural Olympics across the State through the Assam Olympic Association.
Sonowal made the announcement at a function at Parijat High School at Majuli organised to hand over cheques of Rs 20 lakh each to the authorities of the school and two others � Ratanpurmiri High School and Chelek Janajati High School � for development of sports grounds. He also laid the foundation stone for the projects at the function.
The Chief Minister, while announcing the government�s decision to hold Rural Olympics, said the aim of the initiative was to identify hidden talents in rural areas so that they could be provided advanced training.
�By this initiative, we want to prepare sportspersons for state, national and international events,� he said.
The Chief Minister said sports enables development of a competitive spirit among people and contributes to excellence in education and all-round development.
Sonowal stated that Majuli was a big pool of sports talent and the government will do its best to bring out such hidden talents.
The member secretary of the State-Level Advisory Committee for Students and Youth Welfare, Assam, Lakhya Konwar and Tingkhong MLA Bimal Borah were also present on the occasion.
In the same function, Sonowal distributed power tillers, solar lamps and CI sheets to beneficiaries under the Integrated Tribal Development Project.
The Chief Minister, later on Friday, attended a function organised by the district administration at the Majuli College auditorium at Kamalabari to pay tribute to venerable satradhikar of Majuli�s Natun Kamalabari Satra and a leading Vaishnavite scholar of the country, Narayan Chandra Goswami, who passed away on August 11.
He recalled the immense contributions of the Vaishnavite scholar towards preservation and promotion of Satriya culture.