From our Correspondent
KOKRAJHAR, Aug 16: Along with the rest of the country, the 71st Independence Day was celebrated with patriotic fervour despite rain at the Government HS and MP School playground at Kokrajhar in a befitting manner.
The chief of BTC, Hagrama Mohilary unfurled the tiol tricolour. He also inspected the guard of honour of the men in uniform, NCC and student contingents who participated from different schools. There were 19 parade contingents. Earlier, he offered rich floral tribute to the tiol martyrs at the martyrs’ tomb in the heart of Kokrajhar town.
Before the public gathering, Mohilary remembered the sacrifices made by the Father of the tion Mahatma Gandhi and freedom fighters who laid down their lives for the sake of country’s independence. In course of his speech, Mohilary said his council had been trying to develop the region in all respects, ensuring equal rights to all communities through establishment of peace, unity and stability.
“Peace is the only way to carry out sustaible development in every sphere,” he said, adding that people of the region should be aware of the fact that the militant groups and some divisive forces had been creating hurdles towards economic development by carrying out anti-people and subversive activities. He also called upon the people to stand united against the bad elements who were trying to destabilize the peaceful atmosphere in the region.
Mohilary expressed concern over the incessant rains in the State, including BTC region. He said that he had instructed the authority concerned to provide necessary assistance to the flood-affected people in the region.
On the recent killing of ABMSU president Lafiqul Islam, Mohilary said some evil forces which never wanted peace and development in BTC region could take advantage to create turmoil for their selfish interest. He said some bad elements had been working against the interest of the region and this force could destabilize the peaceful atmosphere. He said the situation did not aggravate further after killing of the ABMSU president and thanked people for restraint and called upon all to be aware of destructive elements and to stand united to thwart evil forces.
The BTC chief said his council was committed to fulfil the promises made to the people. He said the council had proposed to construct at least one model village in each constituency as part of reform agenda where all facilities would be available. He said the council would provide IAY type of houses at a cost of Rs 1.5 lakh to BPL families of BTC region through Bodoland Nivash Yoja Project. For encouraging the students in pursuing higher education, the BTC has decided to provide fincial assistance of Rs. 2 lakh each for the students who pass the HSLC, HSSLC, AHM exam, Rs 2 lakh for the students who get admission in IIT, IIM and medical college, Rs 1 lakh to the students who get admission in NIT and who are pursuing PhD.
He also said the BTC authority would provide Scooty for the girl students of BPL families who secure above 60 pc in the HSSLC examition and are studying in degree first year and whose house is beyond 15 km. The Scooty would be given to 100 students from this year, he said, adding that the council would provide Rs. 3 lakh for 25 candidates for pursuing IAS, IPS and another Rs. 1 lakh after passing the prelimiry examition of UPSC. He said for the establishment of medical college in Kokrajhar, the Government of Assam has passed a prelimiry budget of Rs. 200 crore for starting the construction.