I-Day celebrations in Assam peaceful


Independence Day celebrations in Assam have been peaceful and no reports of militant outfits, primarily the ULFA(I), carrying out subversive activities coming in from any place. Despite the boycott call given by a conglomerate of rebel outfits, including the anti-talks ULFA faction, people turned out in parade grounds in large numbers to celebrate the national festival.

Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal unfurled the tricolor at the central function at the Veterinary College playground at Khanapara in Guwahati and took the salute of an impressive march past. In his address to the people, Chief Minister Sonowal paid tributes to the brave and courageous freedom fighters for securing the country’s independence from British Rule.

He also highlighted the achievements of the State Government and reiterated Dispur’s resolve in launching a crackdown on corruption besides saying that the government is committed to fastening the pace of development and making Assam one of the top ranking States of the country.

Stressing the Government’s initiatives in empowering women, Chief Minister Sonowal claimed several pro-women schemes, including the Kanaklata Mahila Sabalikaran Achoni under which a revolving fund of Rs 25,000 have been provided to 1,26,000 self-help groups (SHGs), have been taken up by the government.

Finance, Health and PWD minister Himanta Biswa Sarma unfurled the national flag in Golaghat and addressed the people. He assured the people of the government’s commitment in working for the overall development of the State and the people. He also felicitated freedom fighters and distributed awards among people excelling in their respective fields.

Independence Day functions were also held in other places across Assam with people in large numbers coming out and taking part in the national festival.