Guwahati: An impressive life-size statue of Raja Gobinda Chandra Narayan Hasnu, the last king of Dimasa Kachari kingdom, has been
installed at the premises of Silchar circuit house in Barak valley of Assam. Unveiling the statue on Sunday, State chief minister Himanta
Biswa Sarma lauded the initiative of Barman Dimasa Kachari development council.
Sri Sri Gobinda Chandra played a pivotal role in the preservation of Dimasa Kachari culture, language and literature, said CM Sarma adding that the BJP led government in Dispur has been working to preserve the language, culture, religious faiths, traditions and customs of all indigenous communities of Assam.
In the presence of State cultural minister Bimal Bora, Parliamentarians Rajdeep Roy and Pallab Lochan, legislators Dipayan Chakrabarty and Kaushik Roy, Barman Dimasa Kachari council chairman Rupesh Khersa Barman with others, Sarma assured of special measures for speedy development of the Barman Dimasa Kachari people along with preserving their heritage, manuscripts and monuments.
He also visited Khaspur at Udharbond locality under Cachar district, which was the last capital of Dimasa Kachari kingdom, and appreciated the unique architecture of the Dimasa Kacharis. Speaking on the occasion, Sarma stated that the government would take a project covering 100 bigha land to preserve the heritage of the Dimasa-Kachari kingdom at Khaspur and to turn the place into a tourist destination.
In the morning hours, Sarma visited historic Bhuban Tirtha and offered prayer at the ancient temple atop the hill and sought blessings for the people. Attending a meeting there, he announced that the government would develop Bhuban Tirtha as an important pilgrimage site having all amenities for the visitors with the cooperation from locals.
On Saturday (September 18), Sarma dedicated 80 ICU beds, including 40 for children, at Silchar medical college hospital (SMCH).
He also took stock of the progress of construction works for the 500 bedded hospital building at the same premises. He declared that the government is working to make health care services more advanced, accessible and accountable.
“Prior to the Covid-pandemic, SMCH had only 14 ICU beds. Now the number has gone up to 180 beds including 80 ICU beds. As a part of understanding with the Coal India Limited, another 40 ICU beds will be added to SMCH. Along with the 500 bedded hospital, the Cancer hospital at Silchar will also start functioning soon,” said Sarma.
With streamlining of medicine procurement and induction of new manpower with infrastructural development, the health sector has made phenomenal progress in Assam, he asserted, adding that the common people are getting advanced treatments in all government-run hospitals. He also revealed that the approval for setting up of a regional forensic laboratory at Silchar was already granted.