Assam CM: India is not a nation state, but a civilisation

Guwahati: Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma raised the flag of the country at a ceremony held on Thursday at the Veterinary College Field in Khanapara of Guwahati to commemorate India’s 74th Republic Day.

Assam’s chief minister praised everyone for their support on Republic Day, praised the country’s 5000-year history and said that India is a civilization rather than a nation-state.

CM Sarma said, “I would like to pay homage to the father of the nation Mahatma Gandhi and other martyrs who sacrificed their lives to attain independence”.

CM Sarma honoured courageous people in honour of Republic Day at Shraddhanjali Kanan in Guwahati on Thursday.

Taking to Twitter, he wrote, “Sacrifices made by our martyrs, freedom fighters and soldiers played an immense role in shaping the destiny of our country. Paid my homage to the brave countrymen on the occasion of #RepublicDay at Shraddhanjali Kanan, Guwahati.”

Additionally, CM Sarma praised PM Modi’s “Sabka Saath, Sabka Vikas” initiative and noted that the government has undertaken numerous projects and launched programmes to assist the populace.

CM Sarma also said in his speech that the state’s elderly will now receive Rs 1250 per month instead of the previous Rs 300 monthly under the old-age pension system.

CM Sarma stated that the state government has started a project of 2000 crores, as part of which 500 public schools will be converted into smart schools with more instructors and advanced classroom technology regarding the improvement of the education division.

The Assam Chief Minister also stated that the Assam Government is now able to pay government employees’ salaries out of its own money for the first time since independence.

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