Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal recently inaugurated a solar battery station and a community development centre at Bindhakata Tengapukhuri village in Chabua in Dibrugarh. The project implemented by Sri Sri Rural Development Programme (SSRDP) Trust of Art of Living Foundation in collaboration with Cooper Foundation has installed two solar battery charging stations of 6 kilowatt capacity that would fulfil power requirements of 287 households of four villages of the area namely – Mulukghat, Mirigaon, Gerekigaon and Tengabri. This is one of the biggest projects in Assam where two central battery-charging stations have been installed in two buildings with a provision of two lights and one fan in each household along with one solar battery. Similarly two skill development training centres are also planned for imparting training on tailoring and computers, which will provide opportunity for self employment.
Stating that the area is highly affected by flood and erosion Chief Minister Sonowal said that government is taking up the issue of dredging Brahmaputra with the Central Government so that problem of flood can be contained. Reiterating the government’s commitment towards inclusive development with prime focus on rural areas, Sonowal stressed on maximum utilization of Brahmaputra waterways for expediting growth of the state. Underlining the importance of developing agriculture sector of the state, Chief Minister Sonowal said that steps are being planned to encourage double cropping in flood affected areas during post monsoon period. “State Government is in consultation with Assam Agriculture University for developing specific technology for improvement of double cropping” Sonowal said.
Urging the people of the state to refrain from conflict for the greater cause of the society, Sonowal said that only harmonious co-existence can bring lasting peace and development to transform Assam into one of the best states of the country.