Gurujona’s teachings must be followed for peace and harmony in the society: CM

Published: December 26,2020 08:07 PM

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December 26, 2020: Union Home Minister Amit Shah, on Saturday, laid foundation stone of a second medical college in Guwahati in presence of Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal at a programme held

December 26, 2020: Union Home Minister Amit Shah, on Saturday, laid foundation stone of a second medical college in Guwahati in presence of Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal at a programme held at Kumar Bhaskar Barman Kshetra at Amingaon, Kamrup.

The super speciality medical college, being set up for a total cost of Rs 755 crore, would include medical education wing at Lokapriya Gopinath Bordoloi Chest Hospital Complex at Kalapahar and super specialty wings at Mahendra Mohan Choudhury Hospital in the city. 

Union Home Minister Shah also ceremonially distributed financial assistance to namghars under Asom Darshan scheme. Notably, 6972 out of total 8000 namghars will be developed in the first phase and an amount of Rs 2.50 lakh will be allocated to each namghar under the scheme through which the namghars will be developed as community centres for the upliftment of the society. The total amount earmarked for the project is Rs 200 crores. 

At the same programme, the Union Home Minister laid foundation stone of development and beautification project of Batadrava Than, the birthplace of social reformer and proponent of neo vaishnavism Srimanta Sankardev, in Nagaon. The project, worth Rs 188 crore, entails development of the Than as a centre of art, culture and spiritualism while turning it into a place of tourist attraction.  Moreover, the Union Home Minister ceremonially launched the construction work of 9 law colleges in the state at Diphu, Silchar, Dhubri, Dibrugarh, North Lakhimpur, Jorhat, Nalbari, Rangia and Raha for a total cost of Rs 33 crore. 

Addressing a mammoth public gathering, Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal thanked Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Union Home Minister Amit Shah for extending their support towards development of the state at a rapid pace. Following the vision of Prime Minister Modi of North East being the Astalaxmi of the country, the State government has been relentlessly endeavoring to bring holistic development of all sections of the society, he said.

Saying that there have been peace, harmony and unity among various communities living in the State during the present State Government, Sonowal elaborated on the importance of a scheme like Asom Darshan to preserve and sustain Assam’s rich cultural heritage and spiritual identity. He also stressed on the need of following Gurujona’s ideals and teachings for achieving long lasting peace and harmony in the State. He also highlighted initiatives of the State government such as setting up of medical and engineering colleges, Skill University, skill development centres, law colleges etc. for shaping an academically strong and skilled younger generation.

Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma, in his speech, said that Srimanta Shankardev was the architect of the greater Assamese identity and for that reason Gurujona’s birth place Batadrava Than would be developed as a centre of culture, art and spiritualism so that it becomes a centre of religious tourist attraction like Golden Temple in Amritsar. He also said that setting up of the second medical college in Guwahati, which would also be the biggest medical college in State, would make Guwahati a hub of medical tourism along with the AIIMS which is coming up at Changsari.

Union MoS for Food Processing Rameswar Teli, Agriculture Minister Atul Bora, Cultural Affairs Minister Naba Kumar Doley, MoS for Health Piyush Hazarika, MoS for Irrigation Bhabesh Kalita, MP Queen Oja, Chairman of Housefed Ranjit Kumar Dass were also present in the programme along with several other dignitaries.