Make Gorukhuti an example of Assamese pride, says CM 2 months after eviction drive
Two months after clashes between police and settlers left two dead and 18 injured during an eviction drive, Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma visited the site in Darrang district on Wednesday and urged people to make the area an example of Assamese pride.
Two civilians were killed in police action on September 23 at Dholpur in Darrang district as part of the state government’s move to evict nearly 77,000 ‘bighas’ of encroachers to make way for Gorukhuti Project, an ambitious agricultural scheme for indigenous youth.
“Let us make Gorukhuti a shining example of Assamese pride and prestige which will inspire our youth to work hard and prosper. Assamese defeated Mughals 17 times and it is time to regain our lost glory with hard work and dedication,” Sarma said during his day-long visit to the area.
This was Sarma’s second visit to the area since assuming charge in May this year. It was following his first visit in June that the state government decided to evict illegal settlers, most of whom are Bengali-speaking Muslims, and start the Gorukhuti multipurpose agricultural project.
Stating that Assamese people have been resilient against outside aggressors, Sarma said that the time has come to prove that again by taking control of the state’s farming lands.
Appreciating the work done following eviction of settlers, the CM urged everyone to support the project so that it can become one of the best agriculture projects in India.
“We have to import egg, fish, chicken, pork from outside and to prevent this Assam must become self-reliant for its food products to become a developed state,” he said.
Sarma informed that over 5000 ‘bighas’ of land at Gorukhuti have been turned into agricultural fields of which 2731 ‘bighas’ have been used for mustard cultivation. He urged youths to take up agriculture instead of running after government jobs.
During his visit, the CM laid the foundation of a prayer hall and weaving centre, distributed warm clothes to over 600 ‘agro soldiers’, visited the agriculture fields and piggery and distributed farm equipment and goods carrying vehicles to the project.
Sarma also visited the ‘goshala’ (cow shelter) set up in the area with high-yielding breeds of cattle imported from Gujarat. He also launched a fishery, solar power project and afforestation drive.