Bureau DIBRUGARH, May 15 - Chief minister Sarbananda Sonowal attended a series of programmes here on Sunday morning, before leaving for Duliajan in the afternoon, but not without several programmes in his hometown in between.
Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal inaugurating the smart card operated ‘Water ATM’ set up by Dibrugarh district administration in association with Kadamoni Water Supply Scheme Management Committee, at Dibrugarh district on Sunday. – UB Photos
Early in the morning, he laid the foundation stone of a Rs 1 crore improvement programme for the Sri Sri Auniati Satra branch at Lakhiminagar here, just beside his residence. The function was attended by the Satradhikaar of the Sri Sri Auniati Satra, Dr Pitambar Deva Goswami. The completed works would include an auditorium and facilities for pilgrims and monks.
Sonowal then went on to commission a drinking water dispensing project, christened by the district administration as a ‘Water ATM’. The water dispensing machine will sell 20 litres of filtered drinking water for Rs 10. In order to pull repeat customers, a provision will be made for ‘credit coupons cum cards’ where a customer can pay in advance and take water deliveries on a staggered basis. The water dispenser is located at the Kadamoni water supply scheme at Boiragimoth here, belonging to the PHE department.
The Chief Minister then launched a Government scheme called ‘Lakshya’ at the Chowkidinghee grounds. The programme targets high school students in various academic and result-oriented schemes. One of the brains behind the programme is Dibrugarh Deputy Commissioner Laya Madduri.