NORTH LAKHIMPUR, Feb 11 - The newly-elected representatives of the Mising Autonomous Council (MAC) took oath of office in a ceremony at Gogamukh, on Lakhimpur-Dhemaji boundary today.
The oath-taking ceremony was held in the playground of Gogamukh HS School where 35 members, 29 from the Sanmilita Gana Shakti, five from the BJP and one independent member took oath for a new term following elections on January 21.
The MAC has been captured by Bharatiya Janata Party-backed Sanmilita Gana Shakti (SGS) for the second consecutive term by winning majority of the council seats. Among the old faces re-elected this time are former Chief Executive Councillor Paramananda Chayengia and vice-chairman Kanak Doley who also took oath today. The oath of the MAC members was administered by Binita Pegu, Secretary to the Government of Assam, Welfare of Plain Tribes and Backward Classes.
Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal attended the oath-taking ceremony as the chief guest. Addressing the gathering, he said that there was no dearth of funds for the developmental work by tribal councils of the state in various areas.
Lakhimpur MP Pradan Baruah, State Cultural and Youth Affairs Minister Naba Kumar Doley, Dhemaji MLA Dr Ranoj Pegu, Jonai MLA Bhuban Pegu and Bihpuria MLA Debananda Hazarika also attended the ceremony.