DIGBOI: Chief Minister SarbanandaSonowal said that sports, education and culture were the essence of a healthy society. He also said that the All Moran Students' Union (AMSU) was playing a great role in forging unity not only among the people belonging to Moran community, but also in strengthening unity among all sections of the people belonging to Barak and Brahmaputra valleys, hills and plains.
Speaking at the 21st central biennial conference of the All Moran Students' Union at Bodousa SamannayKshetra at Muliabari in Digboi on Saturday, Chief Minister Sonowal said that the role of AMSU in enriching the people belonging to Moran community culturally, socially, intellectually was really appreciable. He, at the same time, conceded that the BJP-led State Government for the last four-and- half years had been getting all sorts of support from all organizations of the Moran community. He, therefore, thanked all the organizations on the occasion. Sonowal also said that the present State Government has been in power receiving cooperation from all sections of the people of the State. Therefore, the government, immediately after coming to power, organized 'Sahador' to exchange friendship and goodwill among all communities and ethnicities. In that particular programme, the government elicited the aims and objectives of different communities and accordingly set an agenda for the government to function.
Sonowal said that the government, in a bid to restore self-respect of the indigenous people, allotted land pattas to more than one lakh landless people. Similarly, to show respect to the great men, the government has started celebrating the birthdays of different stalwarts of ethnic communities and according them State honour. The State Government, apart from celebrating Raghab Moran's birthday, has instituted an award after the name and memory of Raghab Moran.
The Chief Minister also said that the government, besides safeguarding rights of the indigenous people over land, had also taken steps for promoting indigenous languages and their literature, and therefore launched 'AsomDarshan' and provided financial assistance to xatras, namghars, and devalays. Similarly, the government launched 'BhasaGaurav' scheme and provided one-time financial assistance to the corpus funds of AxamXahityaXabha, BodoSahityaSabha and 20 indigenous SahityaSabhas.
The Moran community has embedded with the knighthood of several great personalities. Sonowal, therefore, called upon the younger generation to study the works and contributions of those great men and take inspiration from them. Chief Minister Sonowal expressed confidence that the All Moran Students' Union would contribute to lending strength to the greater Assamese society.
Union Minister of State for Food Processing, RameswarTeli, Minister of State (i/c) for Tea Tribe Welfare, Sanjay Kisan, MP RajyaSabhaBiswajitDaimari, MLAs SurenPhukan, Bhaskar Sharma and Bolin Chetia, and president of AMSU, Arunjyoti Moran and a host of other dignitaries were present on the occasion.
Meanwhile, according to party sources of the DigboiBharatiyaJanata Party (BJP), the participation of State Finance Minister DrHimantaBiswaSarma on the concluding day of the AMSU meet slated on November 1 has been cancelled. Ironically, the delegates' session slated on the maiden day of the meet was also postponed to November 22 at Indian Club.