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Assam CM Sarbananda Sonowal inaugurates Birsa Munda Stadium

Built at an estimated cost of Rs.97.72 lakh, stadium to give a big push to sports among tea garden communities.

Assam CM Sarbananda Sonowal inaugurates Birsa Munda Stadium

Sentinel Digital DeskBy : Sentinel Digital Desk

  |  28 Sep 2020 5:27 PM GMT

Guwahati: Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal on Monday inaugurated Birsa Munda Stadium at Chapar Tea Garden in Dhubri district, with an aim to harness the sporting potential of the youths in the tea garden areas.

The stadium has been built at an estimated cost of Rs.97.72 lakh as a part of the corporate social responsibility of Oil India Limited.

Speaking on the occasion, Sonowal said that the tea tribe community of Assam or the Adivasis are an integral part of the greater Assamese society as they have an important role in the progress and prosperity of Assam.

Considering their potential in sports, the Chief Minister said that his government has been organizing various sporting events like Chief Minister's Cup Inter Tea Garden Football Tournament along with others to give the local youths an opportunity to showcase their talents. He also said that under the Chief Ministers Sammagra Grammya Unnayan Yojana, Mangri Orang Archery Academy was set up at Sepon Tea estate, besides making 500 other playgrounds in the state.

Slamming the previous government for not doing enough for the development of the tea tribe community, Sonowal highlighted the measures taken by the present government that has encouraged the youths of the tea tribes to engage in sports. He also said that his government has also formulated sports policy under which to acknowledge the medal winners in Olympic, Commonwealth, Asian Games, and other national and international sports events monetary incentives and government jobs are being given.

''Apart from setting up 100 high schools, the State Government has also given free ration, gas connection under ujjawala scheme, provided LED bulbs under Saubhagya scheme, given shelter houses under Prime Minister Awas Yojana, monetary assistance to pregnant and lactating mothers to compensate their wage loss,'' added Sonowal.

He further hoped that the stadium made names after Birsa Munda will be able to boost the sporting talents in the district. He also called upon the youths in the tea garden areas to concentrate more on sports.

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