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Staff Correspondent/Correspondent/ANN Service

School students performing a dance on the occasion of 73rd Independence Day, at Lakhimpur on Thursday. – UB Photos
 JORHAT, Aug 17 - State Education Minister Siddhartha Bhattacharyya unfurled the Tricolour at the 73rd Independence Day function organised on Thursday at the Jorhat Court Field.

Bhattacharyya, who was presented with a guard of honour by Assam Police personnel, addressed a gathering after hoisting the national flag.

In his address, Bhattacharyya spoke about the development and welfare works undertaken in all spheres by the Sarbananda Sonowal-led Government in the State and by the Narendra Modi-led Government at the Centre.

The Minister said that the Government was working for uplift of all sections of the society, especially the poor and the backward people. He also highlighted several developmental projects initiated by the Government in Jorhat district and said more were in the pipeline.

Several persons who excelled in different fields of activity were felicitated in the function. Prizes were also given away to the winners of several competitions organised among the students as part of the Independence Day celebrations in the run-up to August 15.

IN MAJULI: In river island Majuli, the national flag was unfurled by State Minister for Panchayat and Rural Development, Cultural Affairs, Sports and Youth Welfare Naba Kumar Doley at the Kachari Maidan in Garamur, district headquarters of the Brahmaputra island.

Doley, who was presented a guard of honour by Assam Police personnel, in his address spoke about the various developmental schemes and projects undertaken by the BJP-led Government at the Centre and by the Sarbananda Sonowal-led Government in Assam.

The Minister also took the salute from a march-past carried out by contingents of Assam Police, Home Guards, paramilitary forces and cadets of NCC, Scouts and Guides.

IN GOLAGHAT: Deputy Commissioner Dhiren Hazarika unfurled the national flag at the General Field here.

The Deputy Commissioner took the salute from a march-past by contingents of Assam Police, Home Guards, paramilitary forces and cadets of NCC, Scouts and Guides.

He addressed the gathering and spoke about the various developmental initiatives undertaken by the Government.

IN BARPETA: Unprecedented enthusiasm and spontaneous participation marked the day in Barpeta district.

People from all walks of life irrespective of age, caste, creed and religious belief celebrated the day with fanfare. The national Tricolour was noticed in almost every bicycle, motorcycle and four-wheeler.

The district-level central programme was held in the playground of Barpeta Government Higher Secondary School. State Minister for Social Welfare and Soil Conservation Pramila Rani Brahma unfurled the national flag on this auspicious occasion after garlanding the statue of Mahatma Gandhi.

Addressing the gathering, the senior minister of the Sonowal Cabinet said that Barpeta is still regarded as a backward district in the state. The government is committed to develop it at par with other districts of the state.

She informed that adequate measures under the Prime Minister’s Sabka Sath Sabka Bikash has been undertaken in Barpeta district and it has been identified as one of the aspirational districts of the state for Gram Swaraj.

Brahma asserted that speedy and appropriate implementation of central schemes is the priority of the government and they are being monitored regularly by central and state representatives.

The minister also acknowledged the salute by the march-past contingents which included various security forces, students and NCC cadets. She also witnessed the cultural programmes organised on the ocassion. The minister felicitated the freedom fighters and gave away awards for meritorious service in different fields, besides best parade squads.

Later in the afternoon, a friendly football match was played between DC Eleven and SP Eleven, where the former suffered a humiliating 6-1 defeat.

IN BAIHATA CHARIALI: Along with the rest of the country, the Kamrup district administration also celebrated the day at the parade ground of Numali Jalah at Amingaon near the office of the Deputy Commissioner of Kamrup.

The national flag was hoisted by Kamal Kumar Baishya, Deputy Commissioner of Kamrup district before a huge gathering. During his lecture, the DC recalled the sacrifice of the martyrs of the Freedom Movement.

In the same function, a number of persons, including educationist, freedom fighter, sports activist and artiste and co-artistes of Reema Das-directed cinema Bulbul Can Sing were felicitated. A friendly football match was also organised between the Deputy Commissioner–XI and Kamrup District Journalists’ Association–XI.

IN NORTH LAKHIMPUR: The day was celebrated with pomp and grandeur across Lakhimpur district on Thursday.

The official function of the celebration was held in the playground of North Lakhimpur Govt HS School where the national flag was unfurled by the chief guest Dr Himanta Biswa Sarma, State minister for Finance, Health and PWD.

He inspected the guard of honour and took the salute of the parade conducted by Assam Police, Assam Police Battalion, Home Guards, NCC, Scouts and Guides and various educational institutes. The parade was led by Pranjeet Kalita.

Delivering the Independence Day speech, Dr Sarma paid tributes to the freedom fighters who sacrificed their lives for the independence of the country. He paid special tribute to three freedom fighters from Lakhimpur district – Pushpalata Nath, Kula Bora and Sarbeswar Baruah in his address.

The chief guest also paid tributes to the Indian scientists for successful launch of Chandrayan-II, India’s lunar mission. Referring to the banning of triple talaq, Dr Sarma said that the bold step taken by Prime Minister Narendra Modi was a great move in achieving women empowerment and gender equality as the new law would free Muslim women in the country from centuries of exploitation, deprivation and injustice.

The Independence Day celebration also saw spectacular cultural performances by school children, street plays and other displays. Felicitation of freedom fighters and senior citizens, outstanding farmers, entrepreneurs, sports persons were also conducted in the function. Prizes were also distributed among the winners of various literary, cultural and sports competitions in the function.

Lakhimpur MP Pradan Baruah and Tezpur MP Pallab Lochan Das also attended the function. Lakhimpur Deputy Commissioner Dr Jeevan B and Superintendent of Police Harekrishna Nath were present at the function.

In Dhakuwakhona sub-division, Independence Day celebrations began with unfurling of the national flag by Arindam Baruah, SDO (Civil).

IN GOALPARA: The day was celebrated at the district headquarter’s Junior Technical School playground with patriotic fervour amidst traditional gaiety and in the presence of a number of distinguished guests, officials and a large crowd who attended the function under tight security.

Unfurling the national Tricolour and inspecting the guard of honour, Minister of State for Health and Family Welfare Pijush Hazarika in his speech underscored the significance of the day and said that our country has emerged towards becoming a global power over the last few decades and the responsibilities lie on us to decide the country’s future.

This was followed by a function showcasing the rich cultural heritage of the district and on patriotic themes. Several people were felicitated and awards given away on the occasion amongst a host of outstanding achievers of the district.

IN NAGAON: With the rest of the nation, Nagaon district administration also celebrated the 73th Independence Day at Nurul Amin Stadium on Thursday, a correspondent reports.

State Minister for Public Health and Engineering, Rihon Doimary hoisted the Tricolour and inspected the guard of honour. Police personnel of Nagaon police, Home Guards, NCC, Scouts and Guide and various groups of students representing several schools and colleges of the district took part in the march-past.

In his speech, Doimary highlighted various state governmental schemes being initiated as well as implemented by the state BJP-led coalition government for swift development and growth in rural areas.

During the function, freedom fighters of the district as well as the family members of martyrs who sacrificed their lives for the country’s Independence were felicitated by the administration.

In the function, former Union Minister Rajen Gohain, sitting Congress MP of Nagaon parliamentary constituency Pradyut Bordoloi, top officials of the district administration as well as police administration, senior citizens, public leaders, students of various educational institutions and other dignitaries were present.

Meanwhile, a special multi-lingual patriotic poem recitation programme was organized by Sangskar Bharati in association with Nagaon Lions Club at the office auditorium of Nagaon Lions Club where more than 20 poets from various communities participated and recited poems.

IN HATSINGIMARI: Along with other parts of the nation, the 73rd Independence Day was celebrated at Hatsingimari, the head quarter of Southsalmara Mankachar district with a colourful programme, reports ANN Service

The district-level programme was held at Hatsingimari Janata HS School playground where the Tricolour was unfurled by Atika Sultana, Deputy Commissioner, Southsalmara Mankachar at 9 am in presence of thousands of people and distinguished guests. Before hoisting the National Flag, the Deputy Commissioner, as the chief guest, received the Independence Day salute from more than ten contingents including those of police, students of local schools and colleges.

IN PATCHARKUCHI: The Tricolour was unfurled at Bajali HSS playground by Bijay Bhaskar Reddy, Subdivisional officer of Bajali in the presence of a huge gathering on the occasion of the 73rd Independence Day celebrations on Thursday. At various other places of the subdivision, the Independence Day was also celebrated which witnessed mass participation of people, reports ANN Service

In his speech, the SDO highlighted the contribution of the freedom fighters and martyrs in the Independence struggle. He also mentioned the name of the Madan and Rowata Koch of the subdivision who sacrificed their lives for the independence of our country. Earlier, floral tributes were paid at the portrait of Mahatma Gandhi. Various cultural programme were performed by institutions of the locality. A felicitation programme was also arranged and prizes of various competitions organized synchronizing with the celebrations of Independence Day were also distributed. Pathsala Chambers of Commerce distributed fruits among the patients of Pathsala Civil Hospital.

IN RAHA: Along with rest of the nation, Raha administration on Thursday celebrated the nation’s 73rd Independence Day and remembered with gratitude the sacrifices of the freedom fighters, reports ANN Service.

The celebration began at the Bharat Rantna Dr Bhupen Hazarika field where the Tricolour was unfurled by the Raha Circle Officer Pallavi Kachary at 8 am. Addressing the gathering, the Circle Officer, in her speech, urged the people to be united in the greater interest of the integrity of India and Assam. She also recalled the dedication of the freedom fighters of Assam and India in India’s freedom struggle.

Raha MLA Dimbeswar Das and a large number of distinguished guests besides the local people actively took part in the celebration. Akonir Kabita Ghor, a children organization of Raha assisted the local administration in the celebrations.

IN NALBARI: With rest of the nation, the 73rd Independence Day was celebrated in Nalbari district with great enthusiasm. Thousands of people from all walks of life joined in the central Independence Day function held at historic Gurdon Field of Nalbari town, organised by the Nalbari district administration, our Correspondent adds.

Minister of Food and Civil Supply Phani Bhusan Choudhury hoisted the National Tricolour at Nalbari. Addressing the gathering, Choudhury recalled the sacrifices of the martyrs and the contributions of freedom fighters in the country’s freedom movement. He explained various schemes being taken up by the State’s Sarbananda Sonowal government for the development of agriculture, fisheries, industry and road sectors.

Meanwhile, progressive farmers, cultural and literary activists of the district were also felicitated by the district administration. A cultural programme was also presented by school children to mark the occasion.

IN DOOMDOOMA: Along with rest of the country, the 73rd Independence Day was celebrated at Doomdooma on Thursday. The day’s programme began with the garlanding of the statue of Mahatma Gandhi situated at the heart of Doomdooma town by senior journalist and social activist Dhiren Deka, our Correspondent adds.

In the main programme held at Doomdooma town field, Pankaj Nagbonshi, the Circle Officer of Doomdooma Revenue Circle hoisted the Tricolour. The chairman of Doomdooma Municipal Board, Dulu Arandhara offered floral tributes to the martyrs of the freedom struggle.

Later, a friendly football match was played between Doomdooma Press Club and Doomdooma Sports Association.

Independence Day was also celebrated at Doomdooma Press Club where Arjun Baruah, the president of the club hoisted the Tricolour.

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