Silchar, June 12: The minister of agriculture, forest, panchayat and rural welfare departments, Rakibul Hussain visited the district of Cachar on Thursday to take stock of the development works going on in the region. During his visit, the minister distributed agriculture machinery to 102 farmers and also iugurated a district agricultural training centre, first of its kind in the valley, which would impart necessary training to them and also incentives. The occasion was presided over by S Viswathan, IAS, Deputy Commissioner of Cachar.
On the ceremony, Hussain said that during the last fifteen years of Congress regime the people of the state have benefitted immensely in terms of employment, healthcare, rural development and social stability. The state government has provided security to the common people from militant groups too. The minister also stated that it is only due to the efforts of the Congress that Hindu linguistic minority, who were uprooted from East Pakistan, now Bangladesh, will be given Indian citizenship. The present ruling dispensation has worked very hard and brought out policies like mid-day meals, providing free uniforms along with free textbooks for the students to increase the literacy rate in the state.
He also said that farmers from every constituency will be given Rs.5000 each for their skill development. He also said that vegetable market for the farmers along with skill development training centres will be opened in every constituency for their welfare, regarding which a detail project report (DPR) has already been issued. Poor people will be given homes under the Indira Aawas Yoja (IAY) scheme along with Rs.25,000 and 2 bundles of tins for roofing purpose. On the occasion, state ministers Ajit Singh and Girindra Malik, MP Sushmita Dev, along with a host of valley based MLAs including Dilip Paul of BJP were present with Rakibul Hussain.
Later in the evening, Rakibul Hussain also held a press-meet in the conference hall of the Deputy Commissioner of Cachar. Interacting with the media-persons, the minister criticized the rendra Modi led NDA Government. He alleged that the Centre has reduced the funding in many welfare projects like BRGF, MGNREGA along with other developmental schemes, as result of which the state is suffering from fincial crunch. The minister slammed the Centre for trying to take credit of Silchar-Lumding BG and Mahasarak project, he reminded that 90 percent of the works were completed during the tenure of Congress led UPA Government. He also said that the people of Assam will vote for the Congress in the upcoming Assembly elections as they know Congress is the only party which works for the welfare of the common people. He also met with the DRDA officials in the DC Office.