Takeaways from Sonowal’s I-day speech

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Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal on Thursday addressed the state on the occasion of 73rd Independence Day. He unfurled the national flag and delivered the customary address from the College of Veterinary Science playground at Khanapara here.

Here are 13 takeaways from CM Sonowal’s Independence Day speech:

  1. Today, we are on the way to secure Constitutional Safeguards for our people. Formation of the High Level Committee on Clause 6 is another historic step taken by the PM Narendra Modi led government: CM
  2. Moreover, steps have been taken by the Central Govt to provide SC status to 6 communities – Tai Ahom, Moran, Matak, Chutia, Koch Rajbongshi & Tea Tribes without hurting the rights of other indigenous communities of Assam: CM
  3. The NRC is being updated under supervision of the SC and around 55,000 Assam Govt employees are involved in the process. We hope that the NRC will be a historic document which does not include names of any foreigner and not leave behind any genuine Indian citizen: CM
  4. We had petitioned the SC for re-verification of the #NRC only to ensure a pure and error free document. I reiterate that the Assam government is committed towards protection of all genuine Indian citizens residing in the state: CM
  5. Without land rights, no community can protect their identity. We have given Land Pattas to indigenous landless families & small tea growers and aim to provide 1 lakh Land Pattas by this year: CM
  6. We have also carried out eviction drives in Kaziranga National Park and other reserve forests, making them free from illegal encroachments. We are also progressing towards a new Land Policy that will protect the rights of the indigenous people of Assam: CM
  7. Satras, Namghars, Temples and various religious institutes are our heritage. We have brought in legislation to protect them from encroachments. Through Assam Darshan we have increased financial grants by Rs 2 lakh and taken steps for their conservation: CM
  8. Our govt has taken up the mission of planting 10 crore saplings in the state. Steps have been taken to popularise rain water harvesting. I urge the people of Assam to help the govt in achieving the goal of clean and green Assam: CM
  9. Connectivity sector in Assam, be it road, railway or air, has transformed. Under UDAN International, Guwahati-Dhaka flight service has been started. Direct air connectivity will be started with ASEAN countries soon: CM
  10. We are committed to empower youths of the tea garden areas.  Already 10,000 youths are receiving skill development training. In the next phase, one time financial assistance of Rs 25 lakh will be provided to these youths for starting their own ventures: CM
  11. We have taken many steps to take our unique cultural heritage to the world. A Cultural University is being set up in Majuli. Bringing hope to the film industry, we have adopted a new Film Policy, reconstituted the State Film Awards and taken steps for infra development: CM
  12. Our govt is working hard to empower the youth and make them skilled and capable. I believe that with the support of the people of Assam, we will be able to build a progressive Assam and mark our mark in the world: CM
  13. People across the state have hailed our govt’s zero-tolerance stand on corruption. Since taking charge, we have shown earnest efforts to rid corruption that ails various departments. As a result of this, people’s faith in the govt is at an all-time high: CM
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