Union Interior Minister Amit Shah laid the foundation stone for a medical school and nine law institutes on Saturday, as well as launching two other projects in Assam during his visit to the state.
All four projects were launched centrally from Kumar Bhaskar Barman Kshetra in Amingaon here in the presence of Assam’s Chief Minister Sarabananda Sonowal, Union Minister for Food Processing Rameshwar Teli, State Minister of Health Himanta Biswa Sarma and others .
The Union Interior Minister laid the foundation stone for the second Guwahati medical college and hospital, which will be established by merging the Mahendra Mohan Choudhury Hospital and the Lokpriya Gopinath Bordoloi Thoracic Hospital in an estimated amount of Rs 755 million, authorities said.
Shah also laid the foundation stone for nine law schools to be established in Diphu, Silchar, Dhubri, Dibrugarh, North Lakhimpur, Jorhat, Nalbari, Rangia and Raha.
He launched the Batadrava ‘Than’ development and beautification project at Borduwa in the Nagaon district, the birthplace of the 15th-century Vaishnav reformer saint, Srimanta Sankardeva, at an estimated cost of Rs 188 million.
The ‘Than’ or Vaishnav monastery will be developed as a center for art, culture, research and spirituality, authorities said.
Shah also launched the third phase of the “Asom Darshan” plan to protect the places of worship of different religions. In this phase, 8,000 ‘Naamghars’ (Vaishnav prayer and community halls) who are over 50 years old will receive 2.5 lakh rupees each, they said.
Shah arrived here Friday night at Lokopriyo Gopinath Bordoloi International Airport and was greeted by Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal, his cabinet colleagues, BJP state chairman Ranjeet Kumar Dass, the Assam in charge of the saffron party, Baijayant Jay Panda , and others.
More than 3,000 artists from different communities greeted him with traditional dances as all the way from the airport to the PWD Inspection Bungalow in Amingaon, where he is staying, was illuminated with more than 10,000 ground lamps.