Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday distributed land patta (land allotment certificate) to 1.06 lakh indigenous people of Assam during a programme at Jerenga Pathar in Sivasagar district.
While addressing a huge gathering at historic Jerenga Pathar, Prime Minister Modi said: “Assam has seen unprecedented developmental work in the last few years under the leadership of chief minister Sarbananda Sonowal.”
He said in the last 4.5 years, the BJP-led government in Assam has worked to ensure development and progress for all in Assam while preserving its culture and heritage.
The PM announced that Sivasagar would be developed as one of the top 5 iconic archaeological sites in the country.
He said the central government would stress on developing water transport connectivity from Northeast with the neighbouring countries including Bangladesh.
The PM said Assam will be the leading state in the production of methanol.
“In the last few years, 2 crore Jan Dhan bank accounts have been opened, where benefits are reaching beneficiaries, a large number of whom are women, directly through their accounts. It helped a lot the people during the lockdown,” PM Modi claimed.
He said before the BJP came to power in Assam, there was 6 lakh of people in the state who had no land patta.
He said, “Land patta for the people of the citizens of the state was not a priority for the previous governments in Assam.”
Modi said under Sonowal-led government, 2.5 lakh families have received water supply connections.
The Prime Minister informed that under the Ujjala scheme, 4 lakh families have received LPG connections across Assam.
“The percentage of LPG connections in Assam before 2014 was 40% and now it is 99%,” the PM said.
Modi claimed that the government has taken various initiatives to improve the railway and air connectivity in the state.
The PM remembered Bharat Ratna Dr Bhupen Hazarika and recited his famous song ‘O Mor Dharitri Ai’.
While paying tribute to Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose on his 125th birth anniversary, PM Modi said the government has decided to celebrate the birth anniversary of Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose as ‘Parakram Diwas’.
“His life gives us inspiration even today,” he said.
The PM also mentioned the valour and sacrifice of Joymati, the contributions of the state’s great saint, Srimanta Sankardeva, in his speech.
Modi said the state government has been making all-out efforts to improve the lives of Adivasi people living in the tea garden areas.
He further said also hailed the efforts of the Assam government in fighting against the Covid19 pandemic.
The programme was also attended by Assam chief minister Sonowal, finance minister Himanta Biswa Sarma, Union minister Rameswar Teli, state agriculture minister Atul Bora and others.
While speaking on the occasion, finance minister Sarma announced that a memorial in the name of Sati Joymati would be installed at Jerenga Pathar by the Assam government.