An appeal for peace on an auspicious day
According to the Assam CM, this is the first time after decades that the state has celebrated Independence Day without any bandh called by any militants.
Sarma appeals to Paresh Barua to come forward for dialogue so that the youth of Assam experiences no pain or death at the hands of militant struggles and movements, during his Independence day speech on behalf of the people of Assam.
Ceasefire by militant outfits
Because of the pandemic situation, a unilateral ceasefire has been declared by militant outfits since May of this year.
For several decades, the United Liberation Front of Asom (ULFA) has been calling for Assam Bandh on Independence Day and Republic Day.
However, due to the ceasefire, they’ve refrained from their practice for the first time this year.
Gratitude and respect for the frontline workers during the pandemic
The pandemic has taken a huge toll on everyone, people on the frontline have been working without any break to save the life of its people from the pandemic whilst putting their lives on the line.
Thus, Sarma expresses his gratitude to all the COVID warriors who worked tirelessly during the pandemic.
Moreover, he also makes note of the vaccination drive and states that it is going very well. Also, 1.5 crore doses will be administered this following week.
Respects and pays tributes to those who have made Assam proud
Sarma congratulates Olympic bronze medalist Lovlina Borgohain for her success and for being a great inspiration for all.
He also pays tribute to the six Assam Police personnel who lost their lives in a violent inter-state border dispute with Mizoram on July 26. With this in mind, Sarma says that the Assam government will commit to solving the border dispute without compromising the state’s constitutional boundary.
Other bills and projects by the state government
According to Sarma, the Assam Cattle Preservation Bill, 2021 was passed by the assembly on Friday, this shows the government’s resolution to protect culture and ethnicity.
Lastly, the Assam chief minister also announces the freedom fighter’s pension will be increased to Rs 36,000 by the central’s remuneration and state honours assigned to all these former revolutionaries.