September 26, 2023

Guwahati: Assam chief minister Himanta Biswa Sarma, while attending  57th Sammelan Divas of Assam Gorkha Sammelan held at Garpal in Sonitpur district on Friday, commented that Gorkhas are an integral part of the greater Assamese community. Addressing the occasion, Sarma lauded the role of Assam Gorkha Sammelan as the torchbearer of inalienable rights of the Gorkhas as sons-of-the-soil. Since its inception, the Sammelan has been relentlessly working towards uplift of the Gorkha community in Assam, said Sarma.
He stated that ever since him taking over the reins of the State administration in 2021, sincere efforts have been made at fulfilling the hopes and aspirations of the Gorkhas. The current dispensation in the State has put an end to the harassment of Gorkhas of Assam in the name of identification of foreigners, he asserted.
Sarma also spoke about numerous initiatives such as conferment of protected class to Gorkhas, among others, aimed at socio-economic empowerment of the community. He further declared that from now onwards, the Sammelan would have the authority to issue other backward classes (OBC) certificates to eligible Gorkha candidate. Steps shall be taken to issue Gorkha certificates through dedicated portals and the initiative would prove helpful for the Gorkha youths of Assma getting enrolled into the Indian armed forces, Sarma declared.
Appealing to the Gorkha civil society organisations to work towards developing a progressive mindset among the Gorkha youths, Sarma commented that Gorkhas must walk hand-in-hand with members of the other communities in making best use of the available opportunities. He further asked the Gorkhas not to dissociate themselves from their roots and work towards preserving their glorious saga of valour.

In presence of Darjeeling Lok Sabha Parliamentarian Raju Bista, Tezpur Parliamentarian Pallab Lochan Das, Rajya Sabha member (and political secretary to CM) Pabitra Margherita, legislators Pramod Borthakur, Ganesh Limbu, Gobinda Basumatary with others, Sarma also declared that a state-of-the-art mini stadium and a police outpost would be built at Garpal area, which he referred to as one of the most important places linked to Assam’s Gorkhas.
[10:07 pm, 21/04/2023] Naba Thakuria: Assam Guv, CM greet people on Eid-ul-Fitr
Guwahati: Assam Governor Gulab Chand Kataria and State chief minister Himanta Biswa Sarma on Friday conveyed their greetings to the people on the occasion of Eid-ul-Fitr. In his message Governor Kataria stated that auspicious Eid-ul-Fitr is a festival of breaking fast. Its celebration is based on Islamic belief and the festival is celebrated to mark the conclusion of the fasting month, he added.

Eid-ul-Fitr will be celebrated on Saturday across India as the crescent moon was sighted. The Governor also said that the festival is an occasion for happiness and merrymaking, which is marked by the spirit of universal brotherhood. Eid-Ul-Fitr teaches us about compassion and love for fellow beings, stated Governor Kataria.

“May the celebration of Eid-ul-Fitr bind us all with the thread of friendship to universal brotherhood to rededicate ourselves to  the cause of humanity,” said the Governor adding that the auspicious occasion would further strengthen the bond of harmony and usher in a period of sustained peace, progress and prosperity.

In a message CM Sarma also said that Eid-ul-Fitr marks end of the month-long dawn to sunset fasting of Ramadan. He greeted the people of Assam
especially those belonging to Islam on this occasion. ‘Let this festival be an occasion for Eid prayers, charity, feasting, friendship and harmony’, he concluded.

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