GUWAHATI: Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal on Tuesday urged the indigenous people of the State not to get swayed by “the misinformation campaign being conducted by vested interest groups about Citizenship (Amendment) Bill 2019”. He made this appeal as the chief guest while attending the 70th Foundation Day programme of the All Assam Village Defence Organisation at Majuli.
Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal reassured that the State government is committed to protecting the interest and rights of indigenous people. He also stated that there is a design to destabilise the State by spreading false and baseless information about the Bill and the State government will not allow such designs to succeed as the Assamese people will be fully protected by the government from all threats.
“This is a government made by the people of the State. Steps have been taken to protect the rights, job opportunities, language, a culture of indigenous people and people must keep their faith in the State government. Lots of criticisms have been directed at me in the recent times but I am always ready to take such criticism in my stride and no one would be allowed to derail the developmental journey of the State by spreading misinformation. The State government is taking steps to carry out the survey of all those areas where surveys have not been done before so that land pattas can be given to the landless people of the state at an early date.” Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal said.
The Chief Minister also laid the foundation stone of two sports complexes to be constructed at Jengraimukh and Kamalabari for Rs 10 crore and Rs 6.5 crore respectively along with a training centre for the Grade III and IV employees of State government to be constructed at Rangasahi for Rs 14.08 crore. He handed over financial aids to the families of slain Village Defence Organisation members and felicitated 65 VDO members for their extraordinary services.
The Chief Minister appreciated the exemplary service provided by the members of Village Defence Organisation in securing life and property of the people at the state’s villages.
Among others present at the programme were Minister of State (Independent) for Power Tapan Kumar Gogoi, MP Pradan Barua, MLA Bimal Bora, DG of Assam Police Kuladhar Saikia, DIG Diganta Bora who is in charge of VDO.