FROM A CORRESPONDENT
JORHAT, Feb 15: Chief Minister Sarbanda Sonowal on Wednesday said the government would set up all district-level government offices in Majuli soon.
Sonowal made this announcement while laying the foundation stone of the Water Resource department’s Majuli divisiol office complex, guest house and public auditorium at Garmur on Wednesday. Addressing the gathering, Sonowal said, “Our government is planning to set up all district-level government offices in Majuli district soon. I also directed to all the government officials to closely monitor the development activities of Majuli and to ensure protection from flood and erosion of the river island. I want the funds meant for the development of Majuli to be well utilized for the greater interest of the biggest river island.”
The Sonowal government, in the first cabinet meeting, took resolution to declare Majuli island as a district. Majuli is the only river island district in the country and the biggest river island in the world as declared by UNESCO.
The Chief Minister visited his constituency Majuli with a two-day long programme from Tuesday. He was accompanied by Water Resource minister Keshab Mahanta, Jorhat MP Kamakhya Prasad Tasa, MLAs Bimal Borah and Ritupon Baruah. They visited Jengrai, Kamalabari and Garmur during the two-day long visit to Majuli.
The Chief Minister also took part in an Ali-Aye-Ligang celebration programme in his constituency Majuli on Wednesday. The programme was held at Jengraimukh College playground in Majuli. Sonowal in his speech at Jengraimukh said that the Ali-Aye-Ligang was an important festival of Mishing community. It was the identity of Mishing community and it helped the ethnic community to secure their identity in the greater Assamese society.
He also said that the present State Government had given top priority to agriculture as the last State budget had made adequate provisions for the growth of agriculture. Referring to Chief Minister’s Samagra Grammya Unyan Yoja, Sonowal said under the programme each revenue village would get Rs. 1.20 crore for strengthening rural economy and increase the farm income.
Maintaining the rich cultural heritage of the State, the present State government was committed to help all the revenue village to march forward. To take this step to its logical conclusion, the State Government had adopted Discovery Assam programme to take the typical idiosyncrasies of Assam to the world. Assam is not only a State which is full of rivers, hills and valleys, this State boasts of embracing people from Barak and Brahmaputra Valley who have limitless possibility, potentiality and prosperities. He also called upon the people to work dedicatedly to preserve and protect our rich cultural heritage.
Sonowal also called upon the people of Majuli to take steps to maintain amity, harmony and brotherhood among themselves.
During his two-day long visit to his constituency, Sonowal addressed a party meeting at Kamalabari and talked with all the government department officials on Tuesday.