From Our Correspondent
Silchar, Oct 11: Chief Minister Sarbanda Sonowal ceremonially launched the Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yoja (PMUY) at Town Club Ground here on Wednesday by giving free LPG connections to 20 BPL families. Addressing the occasion as the chief guest, Sarbanda Sonowal said, “Prime Minister rendra Modi launched the Yoja on May 1, 2016 in Uttar Pradesh. Under this scheme, 5 crore LPG connections will be provided to BPL families. Today is indeed an historic day. This scheme will benefit 1 lakh, 30 thousand BPL families of Cachar district. This will ensure women’s empowerment, especially in rural India; the connections will be issued in the me of women of the households.”
“Swami Vivekanda Kendra will be set up in Silchar. The ideals of Swamiji have been inspiring generations. Development of roadways, transport and communication of this Valley is a must. I am happy that PWD, Excise and Fisheries Minister Parimal Suklabaidya along with others are doing a commendable job. Assam government is keen to develop this valley. I assure all around development of the valley. I am hopeful that people of this valley will eagerly help, cooperate and assist in making mami Barak a grand success,” the Chief Minister added to say. He said that the President of India along with some other foreign delegates has been invited to attend the forthcoming gala event, mami Barak.
Sarbanda Sonowal said, “PMUY aims to maintain the health of women and children by providing them with a clean cooking fuel, LPG, so that they do not have to compromise their health in smoky kitchens or wander in unsafe areas collecting firewood. Gone are those days of misery. I want development of both Brahmaputra and Barak Valley in all aspects. No government has been able to bring such revolutiory changes in the country.” The Chief Minister further said that every single person should come forward in making this a corruption free place.
“I want quality work in all aspects. The quality of the work of construction of roadways should be of superlative degree. I want to see a different Barak every time I visit this place. I want people to be observant, alert, active and awake so that none can indulge in anti social activities,” said Sarbanda Sonowal. Dipankar Roy, executive director of IOCL, Assam Division threw light on the Yoja.
Deputy Commissioner of Cachar, Dr S Lakshman, IAS gave the welcome speech. The programme began with lighting of the auspicious lamp by Sarbanda Sonowal. Among others present at the occasion included PWD Minister Parimal Suklabaidya, former Union Minister Kabindra Purkayastha and other frontline leaders and MLAs of various constituencies.