State celebrates Karmachari Divas
GUWAHATI: Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma, on Thursday, paid rich tributes to the first Chief Minister of Assam — Bharat Ratna Gopinath Bordoloi on his 71st death anniversary, at a programme organised at his 'samadhisthal' here by Kamrup Metropolitan District administration.
Synchronising with the occasion, Chief Minister Sarma also took part in an all-faith prayer meeting and remembered the rich contributions of Bharat Ratna Gopinath Bordoloi as an architect of modern Assam.
Speaking on the occasion, Chief Minister Sarma said, "Considering the rich contributions of Gopinath Bordoloi, I urge the people of Assam to emulate his ideals and work for building an Assam of his dream. Gopinath Bordoloi played a key role in shaping the State's destiny. Therefore, I, bow my head in reverence to this great soul on his 71st death anniversary."
Referring to the State Cabinet's decision of honouring Bharat Ratna Gopinath Bordoloi and his great role in protecting Assam and making it an integral part of India and to also keep alive his legacy, CM Sarma said that the State is celebrating his death anniversary as 'Karmachari Divas'.
He added that Assam would be ever-grateful and indebted to Lokpriya Gopinath Bordoloi for saving its identity which was about to be lost in the 'Grouping' exercise. This is a humble effort of the Government of Assam to honour Lokpriya Gopinath Bordoloi by observing 'Karmachari Divas' on his death anniversary on August 5, stated the Chief Minister.
It was because of the staller role of Gopinath Borodoloi, Assam was not separated and it remained an integral part of India. He also said that because of the COVID-19 pandemic, though as per the decision of the State government, his death anniversary could not be observed in the manner and magnitude that the State government thought of, from the next year onwards this day would be observed in all the districts and sub-divisions across the State in a befitting manner. On the occasion, the 'karmacharis' would be honoured in recognition to their contribution to public service, added the Chief Minister.
He also announced that in recognition to the immense role of Lokapriya Gopinath Bordoloi, the State government will introduce a book at the Higher Secondary-level to be compulsorily read by the students, stated a press release.