Chief Minister Sonowal handed over keys of scooties as a part of Dr. Banikanta Kakati Merit Award, under Pragyan Bharati scheme, to 121 meritorious girl students of Majuli district for securing first division.
Speaking on the occasion, Chief Minister Sonowal said that providing scooty in recognition to the merits of the girl students living in the remote corners of the state would help them to pursue their studies in new found zeal. He also said that in the coming days, State government is contemplating to replicate the similar scheme for the male students.
He also said that in the history of the state no government had taken so much of initiatives to safeguard the interests of the state as was done by the BJP led government in the state. Majuli is known as an epicentre of vaishnavite culture. Therefore, every step will be taken to bring about development of the district in sync with its pristine nature and culture, Sonowal added. He also said that government can only build schools and college, but teachers and parents will have to shoulder the responsibility to help their wards to become an ideal citizen.
Reiterating that no government in state ever had done so much for the indigenous people as it is being done by the BJP led government, Sonowal said that for the first-time government undertook a step to carry out land survey in the state. He said that as a result of the government’s committed efforts more than one lakh indigenous families were able to get land pattas after seven decades of the country’s independence. He further informed that the State government would provide land pattas to another one lakh landless indigenous families very shortly.
Sonowal participated in the ‘Brahmaputra Aamantran Abhiyan’, a river rafting expedition and a public outreach programme organized by the Brahmaputra Board at Majuli. The Union Jalshakti Ministry under the supervision of the Brahmaputra Board has launched this expedition on 23rd December from Gelling in Arunachal Pradesh with a view to unearth the untapped potential of the Brahmaputra River as well as to study the causes of river erosion besides attracting the young generation to realise the opportunities available on both the banks of the river. This expedition is jointly led by the Brahmaputra Board and the NDRF.
Sonowal said that the ‘Brahmaputra Aamantran Abhiyan’ expedition would be helpful in realising the vast potential of the river Brahmaputra. The Chief Minister at the same time stressed on chalking out appropriate plan and programmes to utilise the rich potential of the river.
Underlining the intrinsic relationship of the river Brahmaputra with the culture, tradition and lifestyle of the people of the state, the Chief Minister observed that optimum utilization of the potential of the river would significantly contribute in boosting economy of the State. He also spoke about devising plans for making adequate use of the potentialities of the tributaries of Brahmaputra and Barak rivers and viewed that the expedition would prove to be a boon for sustainable development of the people living on both banks of the rivers. Chief Minister Sonowal further laid stress on realising the tourism, water sports and navigation potentials of the Brahmaputra River.