Silchar: “Surrender of more than 6 rebels belonging to different outfits on Netaji’s birthday and a determined efforts of my government to eliminate corruption from public life are going to usher in an era of peace and prosperity in Assam,” pointed out Parimal Suklabaidya, Minister of Forest, Excise and Fishery while addressing the gathering on the occasion of the 71st Republic Day celebration at Police Parade Ground. Along with that, he said the equally concentrated exercises of the State government to protect and preserve the flora and fauna resulted in positive outcomes, adding more to the greenery.
Elaborating on these key issues, the minister said rebels still in the wilderness have responded well to the repeated overtures of his government “It is not with gun and violence but with dialogue that solution to any problem can be resolved.” A few more groping in darkness, he is hopeful, will also come over ground and surrender. The commitment of his government to zero tolerance on corruption has sent clear signals about transparency and accountability in governance. Those found involved in corruption have been put on trial. It is an uncompromising stand on corrupt practices.
Brimming with confidence, Parimal Suklabaidya greeted the people of the State with the message of increasing forest cover of Assam among all the northeastern states. This has been revealed in a satellite survey of the Union Ministry of Forest and Environment. Quite significant, as the Minister said during the nearly four-year rule of his government, not even a single rhino has fallen prey to the bullets of poachers, an indication of total elimination of years of unfair nexus between politician and poacher. “If nature is protected and preserved, ecological balance can be maintained to make us live in a healthy atmosphere,” he added to say. He reminded rhino is the pride and glory of Assam.
The Minister called upon people to work together notwithstanding stray discordant notes to make Assam strong to nip in the bud the designs of evil forces. “Let us all on this historic day swear to maintain integrity, solidarity, and harmony among all sections of people,” he reiterated. Before his government, there is no place for fear, malice, and discrimination. The accent is on the implementation of welfare schemes for people. Road-connectivity, health care, and education are the priority of his government.
The Republic Day celebration began with the unfurling of the national flag by the Minister and the singing of the national anthem. After that, he took salute of the combined parade of paramilitary and civil forces, educational institutions, NCC cadets, Bharat Scout and Guide. The tableaus of various departments then rolled out, exhibiting their achievements, much to the delight of the crowd. The R Day became more vibrant with cultural shows of tradition and heritage. Dr. Ravi Kannan, Director of Cachar Cancer Hospital and Research Centre, who was conferred Padma Sree, was honored by the district administration along with freedom fighters and achievers in different fields.