Statue of Lachit Borphukan and his army in Guwahati

Correlating with the upcoming 400th birth anniversary of Ahom army general Lachit Borphukan on November 24, Assam chief minister Himanta Biswa Sarma on October 26 launched a mobile application/portal titled lachitbarphukan.assam.gov.in.

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The mobile application/portal has been designed to provide a platform to the general public residing in Assam and beyond, including foreign countries, to pay their tributes to the great Ahom army general on his 400th birth anniversary in the form of write-ups and essays. Open for use by the public from today itself, the mobile application will be available for use in both Android and iOS-operated phones.

Residents of India can sign in to the portal through a one-time password (OTP) that will be generated on their mobile phone number while those residing abroad can do the same through an OTP that would be sent to their e-mail.

Speaking at the event, Himanta Biswa Sarma stated that the aim of the portal is to ensure the 400th birth anniversary celebration of Lachit Borphukan witnesses the participation of the majority of the population in Assam and beyond and that the ideals of patriotism, love for the motherland, as was displayed by the Ahom army general, are imbibed and practised by the participants.

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Elaborating on the plan, the chief minister said a mass movement will be built up around the upcoming birth anniversary celebration and people from all walks of life would be encouraged to express their opinion/pay their tributes and respect to Lachit Borphukan through the means of short write-ups, essays.

The write-ups and essays can subsequently be uploaded on the portal, following which an acknowledgement certificate from the government of Assam, bearing the signature of the chief minister, would be provided to the participants in the portal itself, Himanta Biswa Sarma added.

The CM stated that a participant will have the option of writing either on any piece of paper or on a pre-formatted booklet that can be downloaded from the application/portal, printed out and once the write-up is complete, can be scanned and uploaded to the application/portal.

This apart, there is also the option of typing the write-up on the portal itself, the chief minister added. Sarma further said that from coming November 18, a total of 1 crore pre-formatted booklet of 2 pages each in physical format will be distributed across Assam by the district administrations within their respective jurisprudence.

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The chief minister declared that on November 18, all schools, colleges and universities of the state will hold essay competition with Lachit Borphukan as the subject among the students within their respective educational institutions. Best writings will be awarded at the district and state level after subsequent selections. Each and every writing by the students would be uploaded on the portal.

Also, on that same day, Assam police will organise march-pasts in every district as a mark of respect towards the display of valour by Lachit Borphukan.

Moreover, from November 18, district administrations will organise week-long cultural, sporting and other events such as speeches by eminent personalities on 600 years of glorious Ahom rule, among others.

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