Assam chief minister Himanta Biswa Sarma on December 1 urged the youth of the state to dedicate themselves in agricultural fields instead of “running after government jobs.”

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Speaking at a public event at Gorukhuti in Darrang, CM Sarma said that the state’s fertile lands were being occupied by illegal infiltrators who saw opportunities due to the local peoples’ disinterestedness for hard work. He said that Assam must aspire to compete with states like Gujarat and Punjab in dairy and agriculture.

“Assamese people have always been resilient against outside aggressors and the time has come to prove that again by taking control of the state’s farming lands,” he said.

Sarma on December 1 visited Gorukhuti in Darrang and launched several projects. He also took stock of the activities undertaken by Gorukhuti Multipurpose Agriculture Project headed by chairman-MLA Padma Hazarika.

Lauding the efforts of chairman of the project Padma Hazarika, MLAs Mrinal Saikia and Paramananda Rajbongshi for drastic transformation of the encroachment-free land in Gorukhuti, Sarma said that all sections of the society must support the multipurpose agriculture project to make it one of the best in the country. “We have to import egg, fish, chicken, pork from outside and to prevent this, Assam must become self-reliant for its food products to become a developed state,” he said.

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Gorukhuti in Darrang district was in news recently for a massive eviction drive carried out by the state government in the area in September this year.

Saying that over 5000 bighas of land in Gorukhuti have been turned into agriculture fields out of which 2731 bighas have been utilised for mustard cultivation, the chief minister called on the youth of the state to take up agriculture in a big way instead of running after government jobs and easy money.

“Let us make Gorukhuti a shining example of Assamese pride and prestige which will inspire our youths to work hard and prosper. Assamese defeated Mughals 17 times and it is time to regain our lost glory with hard work and dedication,” he asserted.

During the day-long visit, Sarma laid foundation stone of Dhalpur Bhagawat Namghar and interacted with Agro Soldier volunteers engaged in Gorukhuti Multipurpose Agriculture Project. He handed over warm clothes to 616 Agro Soldiers and announced Rs 1 crore for the Namghar.

The chief minister also laid foundation stone of Weaving Training Centre at Naljhar, Gorukhuti and interacted with the women weavers at makeshift weaving centre.

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