Coinciding with the birth anniversary of Dr. BR Ambedkar, Gram Swaraj Abhiyan was celebrated in a befitting manner in Hailakandi district of Assam today.
Today’s programmes kicked off with paying of floral tribute at the portrait of Dr. Ambedkar at Deputy Commissioner’s office. Deputy Commissioner, Adil Khan, ADC, Ruth Lienthang and other senior officials and employees paid tribute to Dr. Ambedkar.
Speaking on the occasion, Deputy Commissioner Khan said that Dr. Ambedkar was the principal architect of the Indian Constitution and a founding father of the Republic of India. He said that Dr. Ambedkar championed the cause of the Dalits and the marginalised segments of the society.
Khan asked the officials, employees, NGOs, student organizations, SHGs, PRIs and others to observe Dr. Ambedkar’s birth anniversary by participating in all the different programmes under Gram Swaraj Abhiyan beginning from today till May 5.
In another programme held at Zilla Parishad, the Deputy Commissioner, the DDC, CEO, ADC and other officials gave away appreciation certificates to 14 meritorious students together with dictionary.
Addressing the students, Deputy Commissioner Khan exhorted them to work hard to climb up the ladder of success. “Dr. Ambedkar though he hailed from a poor family rose to prominence by dint of hard labour and perseverance. There can be no obstacles in our way if you put in hard work,” he said.
The Deputy Commissioner said that it was for this towering personality, the reservation system was introduced to give opportunities to those communities which lagged behind due to historical reason to forge ahead in different spheres.
Khan said the Government has given ample opportunities like scholarships, reservation of jobs and education and asked the students to avail the facilities.
He asked the students to keep themselves abreast of the happenings by reading the newspapers daily and to enrich their vocabulary by consulting the dictionary.
At Katlicherra block office, bright students were also felicitated.
In other programmes held at Gaon Panchayats such as Rajyeswarpur, Josnabad Umednagar, Monipur Niskar, Sayedbond, Chandpur Ujankupa and Sunacherra Rupacherra, drawing and other competitions were held on the occasion.
Caste and income certificates were issued to SC families at Matijuri Paikan and other GPs.
Seminars and lectures were organised at SS College, Hailakandi and Lala Rural College where several speakers spoke on the multifaceted personality.
Nagarik Committee meetings were held on the theme ‘peace and harmony’ at Katlicherra, Lala and Hailakandi.
The Hailakandi administration has drawn up elaborate plans to observe Gram Swaraj Abhiyan on 18th April as Swachch Bharat Parv, 20th April as Ujjwala Panchayat, 24th April as Rashtriya Panchayat Raj Diwas, 28th April as Gram Shakti Abhiyan, 30th April as Ayushman Bharat Abhiyan, 2nd May as Kishan Kalyan Karyashala and 5th May as Aajeevika and Kaushal Vikas Mela.