Freedom fighters from tea community
BY OUR STAFF REPORTER
GUWAHATI, March 22: The BJP-led Government has decided to set up football academy, women archery academy and auditoriums in the me of first freedom fighters from the tea community in the State.
Towards this end the government has already earmarked Rs 18 Crore in the next fiscal year’s budget. Disclosing the plans before the media persons here on Thursday State Labour Minister Pallab Lochan Das said the government will set up the women archery academy at Sori in Sivsagar district in the me of the first freedom fighter from the tea community Mangri Orang who became martyr in 1921. The academy will be set up at the cost of Rs 6 Crore within a year. Two football academies will be set up at Rangapara in Sonitpur district and Dibrugarh district in the me of freedom fighters Mangal Kurku and Dayal Das Panika respectively. Both Kurku and Panika became martyrs in the freedom struggle in 1942.
Besides archery and football academies the government will also set up Rang Ghar (theatre halls) in all tea garden areas in the me of different freedom fighters from the tea community. Das said setting up sports academies and infrastructures such Rang Ghar in the me of freedom fighters will hugely encourage the tea community which has significant contributions towards Assam’s economic and social life. He said the present government at Dispur has many other plans for the welfare of the tea community.
“A section of elements are trying to create a perception that the tea community is not among indigenous communities in Assam to create rift. We will not let such attempts to divide the tea community to be successful,” Das said.
The State Government has also decided to observe November 23 every year as Labour Welfare Day to commemorate contributions of founder president of ATTSA Santosh Tapno.