LAKHIMPUR: “We are committed to bring in drastic change in the health sector of the State. As a part of such commitment, the construction work of six medical colleges has been going on in war footing. We are aspiring to dedicate the Lakhimpur Medical College (LMCH) for the service of humanity by June of the next year. Similarly, we are planning to start the medical course from 2021,” stated Dr Himanta Biswa Sarma in Lakhimpur on Friday.
The Health, Finance and PWD Minister made this statement while taking part as the chief guest in a public meeting organized on the occasion of a massive plantation programme at the LMCH which is being constructed at Saboti of North Lakhimpur. Under the plantation programme, a total of 1100 seedlings, including medicinal plants, were planted in the LMCH campus under the auspices of PW(Building and NH) Department of the State on Friday in the presence of P&RD Minister Naba Kumar Doley, Health and Family Welfare State affair Minister Pijush Hazarika, Lakhimpur HPC MP Pradan Baruah, Lakhimpur LAC MLA Utpal Dutta and Jonai LAC MLA Bhuban Pegu, Lakhimpur DC Dr. Jeevan B along with the high level bureaucrats of the PWD, Health and Finance departments.
A total of 1000 students from six schools of Lakhimpur, North Lakhimpur Govt. HS School, Lakhimpur Girls’ HS School, Saboti MP HS School, Lakhimpur Academy HS School, St. Mary’s School and Central School, planted seedlings along with the dignitaries. Dr. Himanta Biswa Sarma formally inaugurated the plantation programme which was initiated with a motto ‘Greenery is our wealth, Beauty rests in health’.
Regarding the programme, the minister said that since the time, plantation programme would be undertaken in each and every project of the State, constructed by the PWD (Building and NH), where students would plant seedlings and the department concerned would take care of them. In the initial stage, the six medical colleges being constructed in Lakhimpur, Tinsukia, Nagaon, Karbi Anglong, Nalbari and Dhubri is covered in the programme which was formally inaugurated in Lakhimpur on Friday.
“It is one of our solemn attempts to spread greenery for mankind and to fight against global warming as well as carbon emission”, he stated. In connection with his lecture, he encouraged the students participating in the plantation programme to feel the pleasure of creation and to study with competitive mind to earn comprehensive knowledge. The minister further added that he had taken the sooner completion of LMCH, which is a project of Rs. 400 crore, in priority basis.
The meeting began with the welcome address by PWD Chief Engineer Jyotish Kumar Sarmah. Minister Naba Kumar Doley and MP Pradan Baruah also spoke on the occasion.
After this programme, Dr Himanta Biswa Sarma took part in a review meeting regarding the construction of the LMCH with the officers of the departments concerned. Then he took part as the chief guest of the ceremonial programme organized for the distribution of additional revolving funds to the SHGs and ALFs by City Mission Management Unit, ASULMS(DAY-NULM), North Lakhimpur at Lakhimpur District Library auditorium. Then he visited the Madhavdev Kalakhetra at Narayanpur in order to take stock of the construction work of the project.