Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal distributed the Lokanayak Omeo Kumar Das Memorial Meritorious Award to well performing students from Tea Garden areas at a dignified ceremony in Guwahati.
Sonowal is of the opinion that the award is a step towards encouraging the bright young students of the Tea Garden areas and instilling competitive spirit amongst them. It will bring real development to Assam.
Speaking at the event on Wednesday, the CM said that his government has attached utmost importance to the development of education, particularly in the tea garden areas.
”Giving quality education to the students of tea garden areas is the fundamental duty of our government as education is the key to ensure improved quality of life”, said Sonowal.
Sonowal also urged all the students to take inspiration from Hima Das who has toiled hard to excel.
The government has taken necessary steps through programmes like Digital India, Make in India, Start up India for the empowerment tea community in the state, he added.
Sonowal said that right from distributing free textbooks and free admission to colleges providing scholarships, his government been taking several steps for educational development of the students of the state, including students belonging to tea garden areas.
The recent success of students belonging to tea community in different fields has inspired the state government to look for both micro and macro level intervention for the development of tea communities.
The awards contain cash reward, citation and dictionary and were given to meritorious students belonging to three categories namely worker category, sub-staff category and staff category.
Organized by Assam Tea Employees Provident Fund Organisation, the programme was an attempt to recognize the good results of the students belonging to tea garden areas and to motivate them in their further studies.