GUWAHATI: Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal said that 3.3 crore people belonging to Barak, Brahmaputra, Hills and plains of Assam can be boast of taking birth in a state which has proudly reared a personality none other than Veer Lachit Borphukan who has immortalized himself through his knighthood, courage, dedication, war strategy and administrative acumen.
Speaking at Lachit Ghat on the occasion of Lachit Divas organized by Cultural Affairs Department in Guwahati on Saturday, Sonowal said that the younger generation of the State should know about the rich legacy that Lachit Borphukan left behind and they should get right knowledge about the glorious past of the state. He said that considering the rich legacy that Lachit Borphukan has left behind, the State government has decided to make a feature film on the life and bravery on him (Veer Lachit Borphukan). Stating that Veer Lachit’s patriotism, his responsibility towards his territory as a glaring example, Sonowal said that the present State Government is committed to make the state stronger with the help of everybody belonging to all communities and ethnicities.
Sonowal said that some sections of people as well as organizations are trying their level best to create misinformation against the government. He, however, said that State government would not do anything against the interests of the people of the State. He said that the present BJP-led State government has adopted a humane approach and an uncompromising stance towards governance since the beginning and in the future as well, the government would not do anything against the interests of the people of the state. As against the previous government which never fulfilled its promise to safeguard the interests of the indigenous people of the state, the present government has so far allotted land pattas to 11 thousand 500 local people besides allotting land pattas to small tea growers. Stating that ensuring rights on the land would lead to safeguarding the rights and interests of the people, Sonowal said that in the future also his government would continue working to safeguard the interests of the indigenous people of the state.
Commenting on the remarks of a section of organizations in the state which have in a way endorsed the subversive activities, Chief Minister Sonowal said that State government is committed to ensure equal development of all the 68 lakh families of the State. He said that his government has taken zero-tolerance against corruption, similarly in case of terrorism also State government has taken similar stance. He also said, “When we think of Lachit Borphukan, a sense of courage comes to our mind and so on the occasion of Lachit Divas we should all take pledge to strengthen age old peace, amity and harmonious co-existence in our state”.
Speaking on the occasion, Education Minister Siddhartha Bhattacharya said the present State government since the beginning has been working to protect the interests of the indigenous people of the state and in future also the government will be working towards that end uncompromisingly.
President, Tai Sahitya Sabha and Chairman Assam Higher Secondary Education Council Dr. Dayananda Borgohain, Padmashree Elee Ahmed, DGP Kuladhar Saikia also spoke on the occasion.
Chief Minister’s Legal Advisor Shantanu Bharali, Commissioner and Secretary Cultural Affairs Department Preetom Saikia, Director Cultural Affairs Barnali Sarma and a host of other dignitaries were present on the occasion, a press release said.
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