Assam chief minister Sarbananda Sonowal on Thursday laid the foundation stone for a 50-bedded Ayurvedic hospital in Sriram Chapori of Majuli.

To be set up under the National AYUSH Mission, the proposed Ayurvedic hospital would be completed within a period of 18 months, the chief minister said, adding that it would be built at an expenditure of Rs 10.5 crore.

“Various initiatives have been undertaken by the state government to improve health services in Majuli. To this end, the Majuli sub-divisional civil hospital will be upgraded to a district hospital at a cost of Rs 21 crore and a blood bank would also be set up with an expenditure of Rs 5 crore,” the chief minister said.

Sonowal said the state government was planning to make Majuli a hub of traditional medical practices, apart from the initiatives to make this seat of Satriya culture as India’s first carbon-neutral district.

He also urged the people to remain alert against all divisive forces and promote harmony and unity amongst all communities.

Calling upon the people to keep strict watch over timely completion of various projects launched in Majuli, Sonowal thanked the people of the district for their continuous support, which he termed as the source of his energy and strength to carry on with his mission to develop Assam.

Stating that South East Asian countries were facing a dearth of skilled manpower, the chief minister informed that 249 skill development centres had been started on Thursday in different parts of the state, which would play a crucial role in skilling and empowering the youth to find employment opportunities both across and outside the country.

River island Majuli, which is also a Legislative Assembly constituency represented by the chief minister himself, was used to be a sub-division of Jorhat district till last year.

After the BJP government took charge in Assam in 2016, Majuli was upgraded to a district.

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