| Chief minister Tarun Gogoi gives away a netbook to a student in Guwahati on Wednesday. Picture by UB Photos |
Guwahati, Feb. 5: Chief minister Tarun Gogoi today dubbed protesters in Assam “fake regionalists”.
Without naming any particular organisation, the chief minister said there is a section of individuals and organisations in the state, which is always ready to launch an agitation at the drop of a hat on any issue.
“Launching an agitation does not mean that they love the state more than us. Actually they are fake regionalists, whose role is confined to giving lip service only. We are more regionalist and nationalist than them as we are doing whatever is required to solve the problems of the state and to ensure overall progress,” Gogoi said, while distributing computers to students securing 50 per cent and above in the HSLC exam.
He said the negative mindset of the protesters and the strike culture is doing more harm than good to the state.
Though he did not mention any names, the chief minister’s comments are being seen in political circles as his reply to Opposition parties and some non-political organisations, which had criticised him and launched protests against the nomination of an “outsider” — Sanjay Singh — to contest the Rajya Sabha election from Assam.
Assam education minister Himanta Biswa Sarma, Assam Electronics Development Corporation Ltd (Amtron) chairman Md Mohibul Haque, mentor-director of Indian Institute of Information Technology (IIIT) Guwahati Gautam Barua, education secretary R.C. Jain and managing director of Amtron Dinesh Pegu were also present at the function, which was held at the Sarusajai sports complex here to mark the launch of Chief Minister’s Special Award Scheme 2013.
The chief minister ceremonially gave away netbooks and citations to students who have passed their matric examination, securing 50 per cent marks or above.
Altogether 32,152 students will be given the award.
Altogether Rs. 49.91 crore is required to implement the scheme.
Under the Anundoram Borooah Award, the state government will give computers to first-division holders or those who secure 60 per cent or above in the matric exam.