Guwahati: Union minister Amit Shah on Saturday laid foundation stone of development and beautification project of Batadrava Than, the birthplace of Srimanta Sankardev in Nagaon.
The project worth Rs 188 crore entails development of the Than as a centre of art, culture and spiritualism while turning it into a place of tourist attraction.
The minister has also laid foundation stone of a second medical college in Guwahati in presence of Assam chief minister Sarbananda Sonowal.
The super speciality medical college, being set up for a total cost of Rs 755 crore, would include medical education wing at Lokapriya Gopinath Bordoloi Chest Hospital Complex at Kalapahar and super speciality wings at Mahendra Mohan Choudhury Hospital in the city.
Addressing a mammoth public gathering, the Union Home Minister thanked Assam Government led by Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal for taking the historic step of providing financial assistance to 8000 namghars of the State and also towards development of Batadrava Than for strengthening the cultural heritage and preserving the legacy of Srimanta Shankardev till posterity.
Union minister Amit Shah lamented the fact that previous Congress government in the State did not take any step to free the lands of Batadrava Than which were encroached by illegal immigrants. The lands have been freed by the present State Government as only the BJP led governments both at Centre and State are committed to protect and preserve the language, literature, culture and heritage of Assam, he said.
He also referred to recently concluded peaceful BTR elections and thanked the voters in BTR areas for showing faith in Prime Minister Modi’s vision of development and progress for Assam.
Lauding the efforts of the State government for bringing rapid development to Assam, Shah highlighted steps such as setting up of 5 new medical colleges in the State and steps for setting up 6 more such medical colleges, transferring money to the bank accounts of 7.5 lakh beneficiaries in tea garden areas, providing wage compensation to pregnant women in tea garden areas, scholarships to meritorious students from poor economic backgrounds etc.
Calling on the people of Assam to strongly reject any effort to destabilise the State, the Union Home Minister said that some vested interest groups have been trying to create chaos in the society and derail the development process for their politically motivated agendas.