Guwahati: Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal on Sunday ceremonially laid foundation stone of construction work of 119 model high schools at tea gardens of Assam at a programme held at Mekipur Tea Garden playground in Nazira, Sivasagar.
Sonowal also ceremonially launched the construction the model high schools at Mekipur and Bamunpukhuri tea gardens at Nazira at part of the initiative.
During the event, Sonowal said, “Tea community is an integral part of greater Assamese society and the community has contributed immensely to Assam’s socio-cultural development. The community, which has embraced Assam and Assamese as their own and assimilated into Assamese society, must be enabled to reap benefits of equal development.”
Notably, an amount of Rs. 1.20 crore would be spent for building each model high school, which would be constructed by PWD and a total amount of Rs. 142.50 crore has been allotted from SOPD fund of 2020-21 for the entire project. The schools will have all amenities like modern class rooms, teacher’s rest rooms, entrance gates, separate toilets for teachers and students etc. and these schools are expected to greatly improve academic scenario in tea garden areas of the state.
He remarked that earlier state governments did not take substantial steps for developing the education sector in tea gardens after the independence and for that reason; the tea community had lagged behind in social and educational development for all these years.
Sonowal said that as part of the initiative of the state government to equally develop all communities living in Assam, today’s historic programme of laying the foundation stone for constructing 119 model high schools in tea gardens of the State has become possible for educational development of the tea community which has been living in Assam for nearly 200 years.
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