GUWAHATI, March 14: Chief Minister Sarbanda Sonowal said that his government would set up a Cultural Research Centre for Gorkha in Guwahati and a plot of land would be provided wherein statues of three legendary figures of Gorkha community would be installed.
Meeting a delegation, representing three Gorkha community in Assam Legislative Assembly here on Wednesday, Sonowal said: “Gorkhas are an integral part of the larger demographic profile of Assam and together they have contributed immensely to strengthen socio-cultural fabric of the state”.
In recognition to immense role of the people belonging to Gorkha community, the State Government will set up Cultural Research Centre for Gorkha. Moreover, steps will be taken to install the statues of three Gorkha legendary persolities – Chabilal Upadhaya, Bhakta Bahadur Pradhan and Dalbir Singh Lohar – in recognition to their role in strengthening the demographic diversities of the State.
Members of three organizations representing Gorkha community – the Asom Nepali Sahitya Sabha, Gorkha Students’ Union and the Asom Gorkha Sammelan – held a meeting with the Chief Minister and apprised him of different problems that the people of Gorkha community are confronting with. Sonowal, while lending a patient hearing, assured the delegation of taking tangible steps to solve the problems of Gorkha people who are approximately 25 lakh in the State.
Later, the Chief Minister met a delegation of the All Assam Bengali Youth Students’ Federation in Assam Legislative Assembly and assured the delegation of taking appropriate steps for resolving various issues raised by the delegation. He also said that the State Government will extend best possible steps to the people belonging to Bengali community for their socio-economic and cultural development. With regard to the alleged encumbrances related to NRC issue, Sonowal assured the delegation to take up the matter to NRC Coorditor to remove all bottlenecks.
The seven member delegation led by its advisor Sukumar Biswas submitted a memorandum to the Chief Minister.