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Overall development a top priority of the current dispensation: Assam CM

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GUWAHATI, Dec 16: Chief minister Himanta Biswa Sarma on Friday on a visit to Lakhimpur district virtually inaugurated and launched an aggregate of 28 developmental projects worth a total of Rs 1,031.68 crore aimed at radical transformation of the north-bank district.

Among the projects for which foundation stones were laid on Friday were the bridge between North Lakhimpur and Ghunasuti over river Subansiri, the Lakhimpur Sports Project at Chaboti, the road over embankments on the banks of river Brahmaputra between Tekeliphuta and Lutachur, Lakhimpur district Inter-State Bus Terminus, the Bishturam Doley Sports Complex (Mini Stadium) at Dhakuakhana, etc. Also, among the projects dedicated towards the service of the people were North Lakhimpur By-pass, Sub-Regional Science Museum and Planetarium, the connecting road between Lilabari and Seajuli, etc.

Addressing a public meeting correlating with the event at Jonki Panoi Ground, the chief minister said, “The projects inaugurated and launched today have the capability to radically transform Lakhimpur into one of the most developed districts in the state.”

Speaking on the projects, the chief minister said, “A bridge over river Subansiri at Ghunasuti had been a long-standing demand of the public and this demand is now on the verge of being met at a cost of Rs 383 crore.”

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CM Sarma exuded confidence that the construction of the bridge would be completed before 2026. He said the overall development of Lakhimpur district was a top-most priority for the current dispensation.

The chief minister also stated that the government had been working tirelessly for the past one-and-a-half year to eradicate poverty among the vulnerable sections of the state.

He on the occasion said, “The state of peace, tranquillity and brotherhood observed in Assam in the last one-and-a-half year has been helpful to the government in giving shape to its ambitions for the state and its residents. In days to come, the state will be counted among the most progressive states in the country, if such conditions that favour growth and development continue to prevail.”

The chief minister stressed on the government’s attempt at taking governance to the doorstep of the public by making use of technology. He further appealed to the youths of the state to make use of the opportunities a new and resurgent Assam is offering through the means of education.

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“From next year, the state government will work towards improvement of infrastructure across the education sector,” he added.

The CM further said that another 6,000 beneficiaries each will be included under Orunodoi 2.0 from Lakhimpur and Dhakuakhana Assembly constituencies. He also added that an additional 10,000 families from Lakhimpur and Dhakuakhana will be provided ration cards.

Agriculture minister Atul Bora, health minister Keshab Mahanta, education minister Dr Ranoj Pegu, power minister Nandita Gorlosa, Member of Parliament Pradan Baruah, Members of Legislative Assembly Naba Kumar Doley, Manab Deka, Bhuban Pegu, Dr Amiya Kumar Bhuyan, Mising Autonomous Council (MAC) chairman Sunil Kumar Pegu, MAC chief executive member Paramanda Chayengia, NHPC executive director Bipin Gupta, among others, graced the occasion with their presence.

Earlier in the day, the chief minister launched the Special Immunisation Drive 2.0 for children across the state. He appealed to the parents to ensure children are vaccinated without fail under the drive.

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