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GUWAHATI: Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal inaugurated the newly constructed permanent building of Children's Literary Trust, Assam at Krishna Nagar, Chandmari in Guwahati on Sunday.
The building has been constructed with financial grant under Chief Minister's Untied Fund.
Speaking on the occasion, Sarbananda Sonowal said that knowledge acquired during childhood acts as backbone in the life of a person. Therefore, it is very important to inculcate good values among children so that they become good citizens. He also urged the children book writers to play a more proactive role in the mental and intellectual growth of children adequately focusing on relevant subjects in their creative works.
While congratulating the officials of the Trust for the new building which became a reality after 33 long years of its establishment, the Chief Minister spoke about the challenges faced by them and appreciated the unrelenting efforts of its secretary Hrishikesh Goswami. The Chief Minister further urging the people to contribute in nation building said that the youth must take a lead in this regard. He stressed promoting nationalistic temperament among children and urged parents, teachers and the society as a whole to play a more responsible role.
Moreover, saying that Prime Minister Narendra Modi undertook the "Ek Bharat, Shresth Bhatat" programme to promote cultural exchange among people living in different parts of the country to promote goodwill and better bonhomie among the countrymen, the Chief Minister urged the children book writers of the state to highlight the legendary figures, lifestyle and cultures of different states in their literary works. He viewed that such an initiative would make the children of Assam aware about the culture and civilization of other States. The Chief Minister at the same time also urged the children book writers to focus on the resources of Assam, its culture and traditions with a view to make the children more conscious of the State's rich potentials.
Minister of Education, Finance, Health etc. and president of the Trust Dr. Himanta Biswa Sarma in his speech said that children literature helps in building character and developing culture and civilization. He spoke about the importance of selecting content of children literature and urged the writers to take up subjects which could guild the children about their future and leave indelible imprint in their mind. Minister of Industries & Commerce Chandra Mohan Patowary highlighted the role of children's literature in developing the personality of the children.
Chief Minister's Media Adviser and Secretary of the Trust Hrishikesh Goswami said that the Trust was setup on 23rd March, 1987 with a mandate to work for mental and intellectual uplift of the children. He informed that the new building was constructed with financial assistance under Chief Minister's Untied Fund in a plot of land provided by Assam Engineering Institute within a period of four months, a press release said.