Giving a clarion call to all sections of the people of the society, Assam chief minister Sarbananda Sonowal said there should be a people’s movement and everybody should contribute to rainwater harvesting in line with the Ahom Kingdom.
Speaking at the closing ceremony of the golden jubilee celebrations of Sibsagar Commerce College in Sivasagar on Monday, chief minister Sonowal said taking into consideration of the increasing crisis of drinking water, rainwater harvesting will be a noble endeavour for the society.
Stating that rain water harvesting, if done scientifically, can retain the evergreen prosperity of Assam, Sonowal urged the student community to take a lead in this aspect.
He also asked the teachers of Sibsagar Commerce College to implant the seeds of knowledge into their students and prepare them to take a plunge into professional world with strong base of social commitment like leading the society to rain water harvesting and other such sustainable practices.
Sonowal also said that since 65 per cent of the people of India are below 35 years of age, the country is endowed with rich pool of resources of youth. Therefore, Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced Skill India programme for up-skilling and re-skilling the youth of the country. In view of this, Assam government has set up a Skill Development Department and set up more than 240 skill centres in the state. The process is continuing unabated.
Motivating the students’ community, Sonowal said that his government is taking a series of steps of transforming the state through transportation.
He also stated that under UDAN international scheme, besides starting direct flight between Guwahati and Dhaka which he flagged off on Monday, preliminary works have been cleared to start direct flights between Guwahati and Bangkok, Guwahati and Brunei, Guwahati and Hanoi.
Moreover, on water, land and rail transportation significant achievement has been made, he added.
Under Act East Policy, Chief Minister Sonowal said that intense works are going on to make Guwahati the gateway to ASEAN and BBN countries.
He also informed that after Advantage Assam: Global Investors’ Summit more than Rs 50 thousand crore has been grounded in Assam in the first year itself out of the total MoU which promised investment to the tune of Rs. 72 thousand crore.
Chief minister Sonowal also asked the teachers of Sibsagar Commerce College to continue their unrelenting mission of creating more human resources as the State government is committed to bring about development of the infrastructural health of the college.
Earlier, Mahmora MLA Jogen Mohan while speaking on the occasion announced Rs 5 lakh as donation to the college.
Principal of the college Dr. Saumar Jyoti Mahanta also spoke on the occasion.