Tezpur: “The self reliability revolution initiated by the youths of Sootea constituency has not only increased their self-respect but has also contributed to the economic growth of the State by facilitating a conducive environment through mass awakening. This will inspire Assam’s youth to explore self-employment opportunities and encourage them to strive for economic development. The journey started by the 2000 young people on Friday towards self-reliance would be able to show the right path to the youth of the State to achieve economic development. The State government would extend all cooperation in making such initiatives successful.” Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal said on Friday for the inclusion of individual beneficiaries under the State Government scheme at Chariduar in Sonitpur district.
Saying that no race could aspire to achieve success without a thriving work culture, the Chief Minister urged the youth of the State to emulate the example of States like Rajasthan where agricultural progress was being achieved despite barren lands and scarce water resources.
Following the ideals of hard work propagated by icons like Jyotiprasad Agarwala, the youths must strive to increase agricultural production taking advantage of Assam’s fertile farming lands. The mass awakening achieved for economic development by the SHG members of Sootea under the leadership of MLA Padma Hazarika must be emulated by other groups in rest of the State, he opined. Referring to the Act East Policy implemented by the Central Government, Sonowal said there was a larger market available for the products of the State in entire South-East Asia and BBN region with a population of 80 million people and he urged the youth of the State to strive for achieving increase in agricultural production. Sootea MLA Padma Hazarika explained how self reliance was achieved by the beneficiaries while P&RD Minister Naba Kumar Doley, Tezpur MP Pallab Lochan Das also spoke on the occasion. Media Adviser to the Chief Minister Hrishikesh Goswami was also present at the programme among other dignitaries.