Diphu June 16 2023: Assam Chief Minister Dr. Himanta Biswa Sarma and his cabinet colleagues addressed a party rally organized by the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in Karbi Anglong district. During the event, he announced a plan to assist the self reliance of four million women.
The rally, titled “Maha Jan Sampark Abhiyan – 2023,” commemorated the nine-year tenure of the Modi government and aimed to strengthen the party’s position for the upcoming 2024 elections. The gathering brought together party leaders from the Diphu Lok Sabha constituency.
Despite the adverse weather conditions caused by a cyclonic storm and heavy rainfall across the region, nearly thirty thousand party supporters attended the rally. Notably, Dr. Himanta Biswa Sarma chose to travel to the venue by road instead of using a helicopter.
Meeting With Rong Bong Terang
Before the rally, the Chief Minister visited the residence of renowned Karbi author and former Asom Sahitya Sabha President, Rong Bong Terang, for a productive discussion on various aspects of Karbi literature. The meeting was attended by Chief Executive Member of Karbi Anglong Autonomous Council Tuliram Ronghang and senior journalist Pabitra Bora.
Self Reliance For Women
Addressing the media later, Dr. Himanta Biswa Sarma mentioned seeking blessings from Rong Bong Terang. He proceeded to make important announcements during the public meeting, stating that his government would provide ten thousand rupees to four million women in Assam to support their journey towards self-reliance. He credited the progress of the nation to the strong leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
Expressing his support for Modi’s re-election in April 2024, the Chief Minister highlighted the achievements under his leadership, including the provision of free rice, the establishment of terror-free areas in Karbi Anglong, the swift restoration of railway stations in Dima Hasao district, and the successful implementation of significant development projects. Dr. Himanta Biswa Sarma also emphasized the improved healthcare infrastructure in the state, with the presence of twelve medical colleges, one AIIMS, and nine cancer hospitals, enabling cancer patients to receive treatment in Diphu, eliminating the need for travel to Chennai and Mumbai.
He further revealed that Assam has 327,000 self-help groups and four million women involved, and the government plans to provide Rs. 10,000 individually to these women to facilitate their entrepreneurial ventures. The funds will be sourced from the self-help groups, and the government will also cover the interest on bank loans taken by these entrepreneurs.
Unpaid TET Teachers
In addition to discussing these initiatives, the Chief Minister addressed concerns raised regarding the non-payment of salaries to TET teachers in Karbi Anglong district for nine months, expressing his surprise at the situation and stating his lack of awareness regarding the cancellation of medical college recognition.
The rally also featured speeches by BJP National Vice President Vaijayant Jai Panda and Chief Executive Member Tuliram Ronghang, who elaborated on the progress achieved during the tenure of the Modi government. Several other prominent leaders, including Member of Parliament Haren Singh Bey, Minister Nandita Garlocha, Dima Hasao Chief Executive Devlal Garlocha, Assam Assembly Deputy Speaker Dr. Nomal Momin, and MLAs Vidyasing Ingleng, Darsing Ranghang, Rupsing Teron, were present at the rally, demonstrating the scale of the event.
The initiative to assist four million women in Assam to become self-reliant signifies a transformative step towards empowering women and fostering economic independence. By providing financial support and resources, the government aims to enable these women to establish their own businesses and contribute to the state’s economic growth. This empowering endeavor not only uplifts individual women but also creates a ripple effect, benefiting families, communities, and the overall socio-economic fabric of Assam. By promoting women’s entrepreneurship and self-reliance, the government is working towards building a more inclusive and prosperous society.
Inspiring Self-Reliance Stories
In addition to the initiative to assist four million women in Assam, there are many inspiring stories of self-made women in the region. These women have defied societal norms and emerged as remarkable individuals, making significant contributions to their respective fields. Among them is Payal Devi, a weaver from Sualkuchi who mastered the art of Muga silk weaving. Her dedication and craftsmanship earned her accolades and recognition.
Another remarkable woman is Babita Rajkhowa, an entrepreneur who established an organic tea garden in Dibrugarh. Her tea garden follows sustainable practices, providing high-quality organic tea while promoting environmental conservation. Her efforts have not only helped her community but also garnered attention on a national level.
Purnima Devi Barman, a wildlife biologist, dedicated her life to conserving the endangered Greater Adjutant Stork in Assam. Through her relentless efforts, she created awareness and mobilized communities to protect these majestic birds and their habitats.
Lastly, Malabika Barman, a visually impaired athlete, brought glory to Assam by winning several national and international medals in para-athletics. Her remarkable achievements not only shattered stereotypes but have also inspired countless individuals.
These women exemplify the spirit of resilience, determination, self reliance and empowerment. Their stories serve as a testament to the potential and strength of women in Assam, highlighting the importance of providing support and opportunities for all women to achieve their full potential.
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