Dibrugarh, May 7: “Assam’s rich cultural heritage and traditions have a distinct reputation at the world stage and that is why the state has emerged as an attractive destination for both domestic and international tourists. We must uphold our traditions, customs and culture and young generation of the indigenous people of the land must work with dedication to sustain their rich cultural mores,” Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal said while speaking at the Bohuwa Naas Utsav organised by Cultural Affairs Directorate, Government of Assam, in association with Sonowal Kachari Autonomous Council at Khowang Naharani High School Playground in Dibrugarh on Monday. The Chief Minister also announced Rs 1 crore initially for setting up Bohuwa Sanskritik Oitihashik Samannay Kshetra.
Saying that the State government is committed to develop all sections of the society and maintain age old harmony and unity among the people, Sonowal urged the young generation to work for eliminating the superstitions and false notions prevailing in the society. Calling on the students to inculcate a mentality for overcoming all obstacles for achieving their goals, the Chief Minister said that the government has taken many initiatives to build quality human resource and he also highlighted the positive effects of Gunotsav programme in improving quality of education in schools of the State.
Urging the Sonowal Kachari Autonomous Council to take proactive steps to develop the youth of the Sonowal Kachari tribe in different aspects such as education, sports etc, the Chief Minister said that there are lots of talented and capable youth within the tribe who must be given the platform to harness their potential and achieve success. He also called on the women of the community to take advantage of the government schemes like Kanaklata Mahila Sabalikaran Achoni to become financially empowered.
Saying that the State government has given a lot of importance on skill development of the youth and opening of 249 skill development centres in the State underlines this endeavour, Sonowal said that the youth of the State would be able to find better employment opportunities by getting skilled while the public must keep a strict watch over implementation of government schemes.
Minister of State (independent) for Cultural Affairs Naba Kumar Doley said that the State government is taking many steps to highlight the traditional mores and cultural ethos of all the indigenous groups of the people in the State and the greater Assamese society is the amalgamation of such cultural heritage and diversity of various communities and tribes. MP Rameswar Teli and Pradan Barua, MLAs Bimal Bora, Dr Ranuj Pegu were also present among others.