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Assam along with the rest of the country celebrated 71st Republic Day on Sunday.

Republic Day was celebrated centrally at the Khanapara playground in Guwahati.

Addressing the gathering on the occasion, Assam Governor Prof Jagdish Mukhi called upon the people to express sincere gratitude to those who framed the Indian Constitution.

He said, the world is looking at the nation with optimism and hope.

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The Governor also said the time demands to build a nation where there is no place for poverty and unemployment.

Prof Mukhi said the State Government is committed to preserve the identity and rights of the indigenous people.

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He also said the State Government has been sincerely working for the betterment of the people of both the Barak and Brahmaputra valleys for the last three years and six months.

The Governor stressed on implementing in totality, the clause six of the Assam Accord.

Prof Mukhi said once the committee headed by Biplab Sarma presents the report, the Assamese people will get constitutional safeguards and their political, linguistic and cultural rights will be protected.

The Governor also said the Cabinet has taken a resolution to grant Assamese as the state language as per constitutional amendment.

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He said an Act will be enacted very soon in this regard.

The State Government has also decided to offer grant of Rs 10 crore to Assam Sahitya Sabha, Rs five crore to Bodo Sahitya Sabha and Rs three crore each to other 20 sahitya sabhas.

The Governor also announced that the process of land patta to landless residents has already started and that one lakh such people will be benefited.

The Governor further said the Satra lands will be cleared of illegal settlers at the earliest.

He also announced creation of separate autonomous councils for the Moran, Motok and Koch Rajbonshi communities.

A grant of 125 crore will be allotted to all the communities, he added.

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