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Takes stock of progress of construction
CM visits Tocklai Tea Research Institute; holds meeting with management
Jorhat : Chief Minister Dr Himanta Biswa Sarma visited Lachit Moidam Memorial and Cultural Complex at Lahdoigarh in Jorhat and took stock of the progress of its construction on Monday.
Visiting the site, Chief Minister Dr Sarma paid his rich tributes to Veer Lachit Barphukan at the Moidam. He then visited the construction site and inspected the under-construction memorial and cultural complex. He also took stock of the physical progress of the 125 feet statue of Veer Lachit Barphukan. He had a meeting with the engineers of Ahluwalia Contract Limited the construction agency and asked it to complete the construction by the end of 2024. Since the entire complex area have been demarcated, Chief Minister Dr Sarma asked DC Jorhat to plant saplings around the boundary walls. He asked him to do the plantation on 2nd October when State government will implement a programme of planting one crore saplings synchronising with the birth anniversary of Father of the Nation Mahatma Gandhi. He also asked the executing agency to ensure quality and beauty of construction so that the entire complex can be turned into one of the attractive tourist destinations.
Cultural Affairs Minister Bimal Bora, MPs Topon Kumar Gogoi, Pabitra Margherita, Kamakhya Prasad Tasa, MLAs Hitendra Nath Goswami, Rupjyoti Kurmi, Bhaben Bharali, Nirupama Rajkhowa, Adviser Education Prof Nani Gopal Mahanta were present on the occasion.
Chief Minister Dr. Sarma also visited Tocklai Tea Research Institute in Jorhat and saw its research activities. He had a look at all the facilities of the institute especially its research and scientific infrastructure. He also held a meeting with the institute administration led by its Director Dr. A Babu and other scientists. He took note of different aspects of the institute including its sources of revenue generation. During the meeting, he also took stock of the reasons responsible for dwindling tea demands and the measures to tide over the situation. He also suggested for diversification in tea growing areas so that revenue loss can be compensated by growing other valuable trees along with the tea bushes. Moreover, as a gesture of help to Tocklai Tea Research Institute, he also assured a soft loan of Rs. 10 crore without interest with 10 year moratorium.
The Chief Minister also visited the place where mother plant of TV1 variety of tea, developed here in 1949. It is believed that the tea leaves that the consumers use most likely originated from this mother plant.
Industry and Commerce Minister Bimal Bora, MPs Topon Kumar Gogoi and Kamakhya Prasad Tasa, MLAs Hitendra Nath Goswami, Rupjyoti Kurmi and Bhaskar Jyoti Baruah, DC Jorhat Pulak Mahanta were present during the meeting.