Prime Minister Narendra Modi distributed land allotment papers to over 1 lakh landless indigenous people in poll-bound Assam today. “There are lakhs who did not have any documentation of their land. But now, Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal ji and his government have worked to ensure that people get their recognition,” the prime minister said.
Modi said, “Distribution of land pattas (allotment certificates) at the large public meeting in Sivasagar was a historic occasion. This will ensure a life of dignity for many and protect Assam’s unique culture.”
Modi appreciated the Sarbananda Sonowal government for its handling the coronavirus pandemic in the state, he said, “The way the Assam government handled Covid-19 is praiseworthy. I am confident that Assam will take forward the vaccination drive now. I appeal all to get vaccinated.”
“The NDA government has always kept the preservation of the Assamese culture at its foremost intention behind implementing policies including the protection of the Assamese language and promotion of its literature,” Modi said.
Prime Minister Modi said that Assam’s fast-paced development was very important to him. “The way to ‘Atmanirbhar Assam’ is through ‘Atmavishwaas’ (self-confidence) among the people here,” he said, adding, “40 per cent of the state’s population is taking benefit of ‘Ayushmaan Bharat’ scheme of the union government.”
The union-state double engine government is working to supply running water to all the households of the state, Narendra Modi said.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi will visit Kolkata on 23 January to commemorate the 125th birth anniversary of Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose by attending the Parakram Diwas celebrations at Victoria Memorial. A cultural programme “Amra Nuton Jouboneri Doot (we are ambassadors of the new youth)”, based on the theme of Netaji, was held.
Before this, Modi visited the National Library where an International Conference “Re-visiting the legacy of Netaji Subhas in the 21st century” was organised. Speaking about his experience in the library while delivering his speech from the premises of Victoria Memorial, the prime minister exclaimed, “Everybody in the National Library appeared so steeped in Netaji!”