FROM A Correspondent
Silchar, May 3: On the concluding day of the sesquicentennial celebration of the office of the Deputy Commissioner of Cachar, Sarbanda Sonowal, Chief Minister of Assam, speaking as chief-guest said, “I want Assam to be counted among the strongest and most developed states of the country. To achieve this, I will need full cooperation of the people of the state. My government gives equal importance to the development of both the valleys of Barak and Brahmaputra. The contributions of this valley towards the development of the state cannot be undermined in any way.”
“A large amount of money has already been sanctioned for the development of this valley. I want to see proper execution of development works without any corruption and mismagement. I will salute those who work honestly,” the Chief Minister added to say. He further said that he would regularly visit this valley and ensure that everything is in order. Later, Sarbanda Sonowal also released a souvenir titled ‘Cachar’ which has been edited by research scholar Sanjib Deb Laskar and senior jourlist Jyoti Lal Chowdhury. An anti-corruption campaign ‘Debo , Nebo ’ was also launched on this occasion by him.
The concluding day of the sesquicentennial celebration was highlighted by the grant of Ex gratia cheque of Rs.95,000 each to those rendered shelter-less during the last cyclonic storm and Rs.4 lakh each to the nearest kith and kin of those who died in the tural calamity of thunderbolt. In his welcome speech, S Viswathan, IAS, the 78th Deputy Commissioner of Cachar, said, “The sesquicentennial celebration which began on January 15 has ended today. In these three months, we have been able to organize a mega blood dotion camp, a football tourment and an Nritya Utsav.”
Former Union minister Kabindra Purkayastha said that the Chief Minister’s efforts, initiatives and visions are praise worthy. “Our Chief Minister has always thought about the development of Barak and Brahmaputra valleys. Sarbanda Sonowal is the first Chief Minister of Assam to give proper attention to the southern Assam,” said Kabindra Purkayastha. MLA Dilip Kumar Paul, Deputy Speaker of Assam Assembly, laid stress on a corruption free state. “Corruption is more dangerous than terrorism. We want a corruption free state. It is quite possible because our Chief Minister is a person of positive mind.” PWD minister Parimal Suklabaidya said, “We will have to work together for the overall development of the valley.”
Later, Sarbanda Sonowal also unveiled ‘Manuram’ Clock Tower at Madhuramukh to commemorate the 150 years of the completion of the office of the Deputy Commissioner of Cachar. ‘Manuram’ has been designed by Dr Ashim Kanti Dey, professor, tiol Institute of Technology, Silchar. In all fairness, the concluding ceremony ended on a high note and a packed auditorium of Banga Bhawan here was a witness to it.