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Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal Says ‘Government Committed to Growth of Agriculture Sector’

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Dibrugarh, Aug 1: Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal ceremonially launched Chief Minister Samagra Gramya Unnayan Yojana (CMSGUY) in Dibrugarh district and distributed tractors to farmer units in a programme organized by CMSGUY Mega Mission Society under the aegis of Agriculture Department at Chaulkhowa playground in Dibrugarh district on Wednesday. Speaking on the occasion as chief guest, Chief Minister Sonowal said that all developed countries of the world channelized their economic growth through strengthening the farm sector. Keeping this in mind, the Assam government also puts special thrust on boosting the agriculture sector of the State and ambitious schemes like Chief Minister Samagra Gramya Yojana have been rolled out, he said.

Chief Minister Sonowal observed that the State government’s initiative would immensely help in materializing Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s vision of doubling farmers’ income by the year 2022. He urged the farmers of the State to adopt advanced technologies and take up the practice of triple cropping for increased production and economic self-reliance. Sonowal also informed that in a bid to assist the farmers with inputs on soil condition to augment better yield, the State government distributed around 11 lakh soil health cards during last two years.

The Chief Minister also called on the educated youth of the State to take up agriculture as a dignified livelihood. He also assured that the natural environment of the State will not be harmed in the State government’s efforts to bring about rapid industrial development. Emphasising on the need for properly using the tractors provided to the farmers under CMSGUY, Sonowal said that as these tractors are bought from public money they must be used to bolster agricultural economy of the state. Referring to the various schemes being implemented by the state government like Kanaklata Mahila Sabalikaran Achoni, free college admission of the students, providing free text books, schemes for the divyangs etc, the chief minister urged the people of the state to fight against superstitious practices and inspire the young generation to build a robust work culture.

Urging the people not to harbour any apprehension regarding the NRC updation process, Sonowal said that genuine Indian people whose names have not been included in the draft NRC would be provided ample opportunities to get themselves registered in the NRC through claims and objections and both the state and central governments would extend complete assistance in this matter.

In today’s meeting, the Chief Minister announced that an amount of Rs 31 crore has been allotted for repairing a 19 kilometre stretch of National Highway 37 from Barbarua to Chaulkhowa in Dibrugarh district. Though the work falls under the jurisdiction of the National Highway Authority of India but the State government has taken the decision in the greater interest of addressing the woes of the public, he said.

Agriculture Minister Atul Bora while speaking on the occasion highlighted various initiatives taken up by the Department for development of agriculture sector in the state. He also termed the CMSGUY as a major intervention in the farm sector of the state inspired by the vision of the Chief Minister and hoped that it would lead to tangible transformation of the sector in the days to come.

To mark the occasion, Chief Minister Sonowal distributed tractors to 14 farmer units of the district. Under CMGUY, altogether 468 farmer units of Dibrugarh district would be provided tractors in first phase. Sonowal also felicitated five progressive farmers and handed over tri-cycle to five beneficiaries in the programme. While Deputy Commissioner of Dibrugarh Loya Madduri delivered the welcome speech, the programme was also addressed by Lahowal MLA Rituparna Baruah and Vice Chancellor of Dibrugarh University Dr. Ranjit Tamuli.