On the occasion of Lok Kalyan Diwas commemorating the death anniversary of Bharat Ratna Gopinath Bordoloi, Sarma presented Lok Sewa Award to 10 non-gazetted state government employees at the state level at a central function of Lok Kalyan Diwas held at Dispur today.
Sarma paying rich tributes to Bharat Ratna Lokpriya Gopinath Bordoloi on his 72
n.d death anniversary said that the day has been celebrated as Lok Kalyan Diwas as a mark of respect to the first Chief Minister of Assam and his unparalleled role to the state and its people. Terming him as an architect of modern Assam who played a great role in establishing colleges, universities and other institutions for creating human resources of the state, Sarma said, “Assam is greatly indebted to Lokpriya Gopinath Bordoloi. It is because of his crucial role Assam has been saved from being part of East Pakistan now Bangladesh”.
The Chief Minister said that as a political leader Gopinath Bordoloi’s success lay on the fact that he played a crucial role in defeating the proposals of the Cabinet Mission Plan. No Assamese can forget the role of Gopinath Bordoloi in thwarting the evil design of the Cabinet Mission Plan which posed a great threat on the existence of Assam. Had the Cabinet Mission Plan been successful, the geography and history of Assam would have been different today. Besides Mahatma Gandhi, Sarma also expressed his gratitude to Shyama Prasad Mukherjee and Saratchandra Basu which helped Assam to remain with India as one of its integral parts.
The Chief Minister said that even after Independence and partition of the country, Gopinath Bordoloi continued his fight to secure the future of Assam. Bringing the administration of Naga Hills, Mizo Hills districts, Khasia-Jayantia Hills, Garo Hills and Mikir Hills in the 6
th schedule of the Constitution and giving the ‘Plains Tribe’ status to the tribal living in the plains, Gopinath Bordoloi played a decisive role and made an indelible mark on the minds of the people of Assam.
Sarma said that in only three years after independence, Gopinath Bordoloi government brought about a paradigm shift in infrastructure development and laid the foundation of a modern Assam. He also hailed the role of Bordoloi in saving Assam from the aggression of migrated minorities. He also said that such is the role of Gopinath Bordoloi for Assam and its people, that the government of Assam feels happy to celebrate his death anniversary as Lok Kalyan Diwas. He on this occasion, expressed my gratitude to the former Prime Minister late Atal Bihari Vajpayee for honoring Lokapriya Gopinath Bordoloi with the Bharat Ratna.
Sarma said, “It is because of the decisive role played by Gopinath Bordoloi, Assam remained an integral part of India. His role of opposing the grouping policy will forever remain cherished by the people”.
He also said that the then Sadullah Government and its policies had led to large scale migrations to Assam. As a result of the pressure of migration, Assam which has always been an integral part of India would have gone to East Pakistan.
Sarma also said that the grouping policy was a conspiracy hatched to disturb the socio-cultural and demographic identity of Assam and it was Gopinath Bordoloi who was instrumental in retaining Assam as an indispensable part of India and contributed to the formation of a greater and stronger India. .