Guwahati: Heralding a new era of inclusive growth and progress in the Karbi hills, Assam chief minister Himanta Biswa Sarma on Thursday laid the foundation stones for as many as 46 projects under various departments worth Rs 2,500 crore. Addressing the gathering at Diphu, Sarma commented that these initiatives are aimed at fulfilling the promises made by the Bhartiya Janata Party during the campaigning for last year’s Karbi Anglong Autonomous Council (KAAC) elections.

A number of projects including the improvement of 75-km long road connecting Hamren with Howraghat at a cost of Rs 922 crore and construction of a new deputy commissioner’s office at a cost of 26 crore with others would prove decisive in fulfilling the hopes and aspirations of the residents of Karbi Anglong, stated Sarma.

Speaking about the project for construction of as many as 130 model anganwadi centres at an aggregate cost of Rs 300 crore and also allotment of Rs 895 crore for Jal Jeevan Mission, Sarma commented that these projects manifest commitments for the development of Karbi Hills. In coming days, beneficiaries of Orunodoi scheme would be paid a sum of Rs 1400 per month, he added.

Sarma lauded the role of KAAC chief Tuliram Ronghang while attending the 50th annual general meeting of Karbi Students’ Association’s central executive committee held at Dillai near Diphu. He also praised the student’s body for its role in the socio-economic upliftment of the Karbi society.

State ministers Ajanta Neog, Jayanta Mallabaruah, Jogen Mohan, Parliamentarians Pabitra Margherita, Horen Sing Bey, State legislative assembly’s deputy speaker Numal Momin, responsible officials from Public Works Department, Public Health Engineering Department and Health & Family Welfare Departments with others were present on the occasion.