Guwahati: Assam chief minister Himanta Biswa Sarma, with an aim to bring about a paradigm shift to the development narrative of Dhemaji district in eastern Assam, laid foundation stones, performed bhumi pujan and inaugurated projects worth Rs 1220.21 crores under the initiative titled Bikakhor-Babe-Eta-Pokhek on Friday.
Sarma laid foundation stones for a new medical college & hospital at Dhemaji with the cost of Rs 605.24 crores, integrated Dhemaji DC office at a cost of Rs 49.89 crore, Deoribil sports complex with Rs 50.53 crores, Silapathar mini stadium with Rs 12.36 crores, upgradation of Dhemaji Polytechnic and ITI at a cost of Rs. 5.03 crore each, construction of Amguri-Sissikalghar road with Rs 19.76 crores, upgradation of Dhakuakhana Butikur Telijan road with Rs 273.50 crores, etc.
He also inaugurated the new Silikhaguri-Lakhipathar road improved with Rs 8.75 crore, Karichuk Tiniali to Dhemaji Engineering College road improved with Rs 10.00 crore and the Balijan power station constructed with Rs 8.66 crore. Sarma performed bhumi pujan for two projects, which include construction of Sissikalghar-Deorighat road with Rs 18.68 crores and Sonari Gaon-Dizmore road with Rs 30.79 crores.
Speaking on the occasion, Sarma made a call to shun the culture of bandhs & dharnas and develop work culture. Highlighting future development plans for Dhemaji, he assured that the government would upgrade infrastructure of all high schools in Dhemaji in different phases with an expenditure of Rs 7 to 8 crore each. He also added that a large milk processing unit would be set up at Dhemaji.
To support the financially weaker section, 20,000 Dhemaji beneficiaries would be included under Orunodoi scheme besides providing ration cards to the poor families with benefits for free medical treatment upto Rs 5 lakh. He also urged the farmers to concentrate on production of pulses to make the district self-sufficient. Boosting communication network in the district, the Union government would upgrade the road from Sukafa Tiniali in Dibrugarh up to Oyan in Arunachal Pradesh via Jonai, he stated.
In presence of State ministers Ranoj Pegu and Keshab Mahanta, Parliamentarian Pradan Baruah, legislator Bhuban Pegu, Mising autonomous council chief Paramananda Chayengia, Sonowal Kachari autonomous council chief Tankeswar Sonowal, Bodo Kachari development council chief Mihineswar Basumatary, Zila Parishad president Mohan Gogoi, State housing board vice-chairman Subhas Dutta, Sarma also unveiled a statue of Lachit Barphukan in DC office premise.