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Hailakandi district gearing up for Republic Day celebration
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 HAILAKANDI, Jan 7 - The Hailakandi district administration is gearing up to hold the ensuing Republic Day celebrations successfully.

Presiding over a meeting with senior officials and heads of different departments on Saturday, District Development Commissioner FR Laskar finalised details of the celebration. Laskar went through the past records and added a few new items, while a some programmes were changed. He directed the officials concerned to select the best office for cleanliness, SHGs, sportspersons, apart from other persons who will be formally honoured on the day.

The main function will be held at the Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose Stadium which would feature march past by different wings of the Police Department like National Cadet Crops and Home Guards. Besides, students will present cultural programmes to mark the day.

Prominent citizens, NGOs and representatives of merchants’ association turned up and suggested ways of how to celebrate the national day appropriately. Laskar said that the Tricolour would be unfurled at all the government and the non-government offices at 7.30 am and 7.00 am on the Republic Day respectively.

The District Development Commissioner asked the officers concerned to illuminate the government and non-government offices. The martyrs’ column and places where the statues of the freedom fighters were installed should also be illuminated too, he said.

Fruits would be distributed among the patients at the SK Roy Civil Hospital and also among the inmates at the District Jail.

The preparatory meeting was attended, among others by ADC Amalendu Roy, ADC Ruth Lienthang, CEO of Zila Parishad NKSK Sinha, SDO (Sadar) Prodip Timung and Additional SP Jagadish Das.

Minimum support price: Earlier, in a move that will cheer up the farmers, the process of paddy procurement at minimum support price (MSP) has begun in Hailakandi district.

Collection at the Paddy Procurement Centre at FCI here at Lalabazar was ceremonially inaugurated by Deputy Commissioner Adil Khan in the presence of District BJP president, Area Manager of FCI, Assistant Director of Food and Civil Supplies and other dignitaries on Saturday.

MSP has been fixed at Rs 1,750 for common paddy and Rs 1,770 for Grade A paddy as against the prevailing market price ranging from Rs 1,300 to Rs 1,400 per quintal.

The DC said higher support prices would increase the ‘purchasing power’ of the farmers, which would have a wider impact on the economy by enhancing the income of farmers. It would help to eliminate the middlemen who generally reap the benefits at the expense of the farmers and also prevent farmers from making distress sales, he added.

“Procurement began immediately after harvest. Anticipating a good harvest this year, procurement was expected to be good,” said Sub Divisional Agriculture Officer AR Ahmed.

Nizamuddin Majumder of Kanchanpur village sold approximately 35 quintals of paddy at MSP. The PRI members present expressed satisfaction and assured all possible help to the farmers.

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