GUWAHATI, Oct 2 - Commemorating the birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi, Gandhi Jayanti was today observed at Gandhi Mandap atop the Sarania Hills under the aegis of the Kamrup (M) district administration.
To mark the occasion, a painting competition was organised for schoolchildren in the morning, after floral tributes paid to the Father of the Nation by Guwahati MP Bijoya Chakraborty and MLAs Atul Bora and Siddhartha Bhattacharyya, along with other dignitaries. An all-faith prayer meeting was also held on the occasion.
The open session was attended by Bijoya Chakraborty as chief guest. Dignitaries present on the occasion were GMC Mayor Mrigen Sarania, Assam Police DGP Mukesh Sahay, Cultural Affairs Commissioner and Secretary P Saikia, Kamrup (M) DC Dr M Angamuthu, Gandhian Hem Bharali, SAI Vice Chairman Queen Ojah and others.
The speakers were unanimous in expressing their views regarding the relevance of the Gandhian ideology in today’s world.
Prizes were given to the best three swachh offices, swachh schools, swachh gaon panchayats, swachh anganwadi centres, swachh police stations and swachh health centres located within Kamrup (M) district. Prizes were also distributed among the winners of the painting competition.
A play titled Torile Desh Morile Swarga was staged to showcase the role played by Assam in the country’s freedom struggle. The play was staged under the aegis of the Directorate of Cultural Affairs, Government of Assam and directed by Anupjyoti Choudhury.
Gandhi Jayanti was also observed at the Assam Khadi & Village Industries Board office here where people paid tribute to the Father of the Nation.
As part of the celebrations, the Board organised an all-religion prayer session and held commemorative activities and cultural events during the day.
Earlier on the day, Assam Khadi & Village Industries Minister Dr Himanta Biswa Sarma hinted in his speech that the government is likely to roll out measures to revamp the State’s khadi industry.
He put stress on realising Gandhiji’s dream of self-reliance and self-government. “It was for economic, cultural and social reasons that Bapu launched the Khadi Movement. Moreover, the government employees in the State will be encouraged to wear khadi. Students of the government-run schools will also be encouraged to wear khadi as uniforms,” he added.
Dr Kamala Kanta Kalita, Chairman, Assam Khadi & Village Industries Board, in his speech, read out a letter from Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal to the audience on his not being able to attend the celebrations due to his personal engagements outside. He said the Chief Minister consented to attend the occasion of unveiling a bust of Mahatma Gandhi that the Khadi Board has installed on its office campus.
Meanwhile, on the occasion of Gandhi Jayanti as well as the conclusion of a fortnight-long ‘Swachhta Hi Seva’ campaign, a cleanliness drive was undertaken today over all the five divisions of Maligaon-headquartered NF Railway.
Speaking here on the occasion, Chahatey Ram, General Manager of NFR, urged the railway officers and employees to strive towards making their office cleanest amongst any of the office premises in Guwahati.