GUWAHATI: Assam’s Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal remembered peasant martyrs of the 1894 Patharughat uprising who laid down their lives to fight the British.
He tweeted a picture of Patharighat Martyrs’ Memorial where 140 Assamese peasants were killed by the British Police in 1894 when they had risen in revolt against the British Government’s high taxation on farm products.
“The #PathurughatUprising was one of India’s first peasant movements against the British. My solemn tributes to the farmers, whose supreme sacrifice exemplify the spirit of valour and patriotism,” he tweeted. The CM also ceremonially distributing Land Pattas to landless indigenous beneficiaries in Majuli.
“Gone, but not forgotten, never shall thy memory fade; Oh, Martyrs, we salute you” are the words inscribed in the memorial tomb constructed by the army in memory of the 140 peasant martyrs who sacrificed their lives in the hands of tyrant British rulers on January 28 of 1894 at the historic peasants uprising at a small village of Patharighat, 16 km to the west from Mangaldai in Darrang district.
Last year, the Government of Assam had launched three schemes for the benefits of farmers on January 28 recently on the occasion of the Krishak Swahid Divas in honour of the peasants who laid down their lives during the 1894 Patharughat uprising. The schemes would enable farmers having KCC to avail 25 per cent government subsidy up to a maximum of Rs 25,000 for any loan availed during FY 2018-19. Through Farmers’ Interest Relief Scheme, farmers could avail zero-interest loans . Farmers would receive a one-time cash incentive of upto Rs10,000 for activating overdue and NPA KCC accounts.