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CM on inauguration spree

- Gogoi attends 10 functions in jorhat in a day

Jorhat, Jan. 7: With the Lok Sabha elections round the corner, Assam chief minister Tarun Gogoi is on a foundation stone-laying and inauguration spree.

The chief minister, who visited his home district Jorhat for the fourth time since December 13, took part in at least 10 such functions in the district today.

Jorhat district information and publicity relations officer (DIPRO), Promode Kumar Dutta, told this correspondent that Gogoi laid the foundation stones of five projects at Dholi in Titabar, his Assembly constituency.

These included the first branch of the Guwahati-based Assam Government Press, the Sainik Welfare Board office, a vocational centre, the construction of pucca road between Sycotta-Borsola road (Mariani) and a museum on the Thengal Kachari community, funded by the Thengal Kachari Autonomous Council (TKAC). He also inaugurated a park, Krishnasura, in the same area, which has been set up using the TKAC funds.

Last evening, he declared open the 36th National Junior Boys’ Handball Championship at the Jorhat District Sports Association Ground.

Before reaching Jorhat, he was at Lakhimpur where he declared a Rs 100-crore package for the development of the flood-hit district.

Dutta said Gogoi’s next programme was the inauguration of an operation theatre at the Borhola community health centre, under Titabar sub-division.

Congress insiders said there would be more such announcements and functions before the elections are announced in March. Assam has 14 Lok Sabha seats of which the ruling Congress holds seven and is working towards winning 12 seats. The Congress has to work doubly hard with the emergence of the Aam Aadmi Party and the time lost because of infighting within the state CLP.

The chief minister today visited the Borhola College and laid the foundation stone of the college’s administrative and library building. Rajya Sabha MP from Assam, Pan-kaj Bora has sanctioned the fund for the library building.

The DIPRO said the chief minister announced Rs 50 lakh for the college and formally launched the Mukhya Mantrir Xabdajyoti Asoni at the same function. Under the scheme, all government and provincialised higher secondary schools in Assam will have a public address system, which is a common feature in private English medium schools, to help in organising extracurricular and cultural activities in the schools.

Assam minister for information and broadcasting, printing and stationery and fisheries, Basanta Das, too, was present along with Gogoi at the functions. Dutta said the authorities of five schools in the district today received the sound systems from the chief minister.

He said Gogoi also distributed grants-in-aids to several beneficiaries under schemes of the state minority council.