Our govt committed to protect Assamâ€™s environment and biodiversity: Sarbananda Sonowal
Guwahati/IBNS: While protests on streets and social media platforms are going on against the centre’s decision to allow coal mining in Dehing Patkai Wildlife Sanctuary which is also known as Amazon of East, Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal on Friday said that, his government is committed to protect Assam’s environment and biodiversity.
“No one should cast aspersions on state government’s sincerity to preserve the natural beauty, greenery and natural resources of the state. I have directed state forest Minister Parimal Suklabaidya to visit Dehing Patkai Wildlife Sanctuary to take stock of the actual situation and the state government would take further steps in this regard based on Forest Minister’s report,” Sonowal said.
The Assam Chief Minister on Friday visited four quarantine facilities which were being readied as the second tier of quarantine centres for COVID-19 patients.
The four centres were MDK Kanoi College, the girl's hostel of DHSK College, Kasturba Gandhi girls hostel at Dikom Parbati Devi ME School and Asom Bidyapith High School, Chabua in Dibrugarh.
While addressing the media persons during his visit to the quarantine facilities, Sonowal urged the people to strictly maintain COVID-19 protocols and he appealed to those who are being quarantined not to violate any quarantine rules.
“Violation of quarantine norms does not only affect the patients but also jeopardizes the whole society and therefore, the government has no other option but to take action against those violators of home or institutional quarantine. The state government was taking steps to set up quarantine centres till the panchayat level,” Sonowal said.
He urged the people of the state to extend wholehearted support to the government so that this outbreak of the global pandemic can be contained.
Saying that state government was taking all necessary steps to bring back Assam’s people stranded in different parts of the country, Sonowal called on the people not to panic looking at the rising number of COVID-19 positive cases as the state government was fully capable of handling the situation.
He urged the people to strictly follow the guidelines issued by the health department like wearing of masks, frequent hand washing, maintaining social distance etc. for achieving victory in this fight against Coronavirus.
He also requested the people not to discriminate against those who are infected by the deadly virus as nobody willingly becomes a virus carrier.
The Assam Chief Minister also appreciated the roles played by MPs, MLAs and other public representatives for their efforts in creating awareness about COVID-19 in their respective constituencies and for supervising the efforts of the district administration and the health department in this crucial period.
MLAs Prasanta Phukan, Rituparna Baruah, Terosh Gowala, Binod Hazarika, DC Dibrugarh accompanied the Chief Minister among others during the visit.
(By Hemanta Kumar Nath, Guwahati)