BISWANATH CHARIALI: Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal inaugurated the renovated historical Gohpur police station on Tuesday.
Addressing a function on the occasion, the Chief Minister said that even at the time when the British ruled the world, the people of Gohpur, Chatia and Dhekiyajuli had taken up the cause of bravery against the British guns. Such unparalleled courage proves how strong the Assamese nation is. The Chief Minister, therefore, urged the new generation to work hard for a strong future. Referring to the present era as the era of competition, the Chief Minister also called upon the new generation to take up the cause of progress in all walks of life. Only then the Assamese nation will be able to provide world leadership, the Chief Minister said.
Recognizing the importance of preserving the history and archeological monuments, the Chief Minister said that the present government had taken special steps in this direction. The Chief Minister also said that the present government had been making a concerted effort to analyze the resources and potential of Assam by adopting the 'Discovery of Assam' programme. In the context of the speech, the Chief Minister directed the minister-in-charge of the Department of Archeology, Keshav Mahanta, to take steps to digitize the historical documents preserved in the Gohpur police station. The Chief Minister called upon the people to play a leading role in maintaining peace and harmony in Assam in the future. Noting that the present government had always respected positive criticism, the Chief Minister also called upon the people to show their grievances if there was any malpractice in the government.
Before the unveiling of the reconstructed building of this historic police station, the Chief Minister paid homage to all the heroic martyrs of the freedom struggle.
Speaking on the occasion, Minister for Cultural Affairs, Archeology and Libraries and Water Resources, Keshav Mohanta said that Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal had been involved in the preservation of historical monuments of Assam and various ethnic groups. In addition to allocating Rs 25 crore for the conservation of bird sanctuaries, the Central Government had also taken steps to make Sivsagar district one of the five iconic sites in the country. He said that the protection of Gohpur and Chatia police stations, which were associated with the history of India's freedom struggle, had been done on the instructions of the Chief Minister. He said that the archeology department had made arrangements for the preservation of the police station in the same way as it used to be.
Speaking on the occasion, Minister for Handicrafts and Textiles, Ranjit Dutta said that the preservation of this famous police station would enable future generations to get acquainted with their colorful history.
Earlier on Monday, the Chief Minister inaugurated the renovated historical Chatiya Police Station established in 1913. He assured that the call for setting up of a number of government offices at Chatia would be considered. He assured that appropriate steps would be taken for the construction of a modern stadium in Chatia. The Chief Minister also laid the foundation stone of Chatiya Inspection Bungalow which is to be constructed at an estimated cost of Rs 1 crore. Pallav Lochan Das, MP from Tezpur Lok Sabha constituency, MLAs Padma Hazarika, Pramod Borthakur and Utpal Bara also spoke on the occasion.
The Chief Minister also visited Pabhoi Green, an organic farm at Pabhoi, the Kalyani Temple at Deepora and the erosion-affected sites at Behali during his programme in the district.