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CM Himanta Biswa Sarma Addresses OTV Convention, Emphasizes Strong Bond Between Assam and Odisha

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Saturday, January 13, 2024
CM Himanta Biswa Sarma Addresses OTV Convention, Emphasizes Strong Bond Between Assam and Odisha
Assam and Odisha's Deep Bond: Sarma highlights the strong bond between Assam and Odisha, with nearly 20 lakh Odias contributing to Assam's rich cultural tapestry.
Odisha, 13 January, 24: Assam Chief Minister Dr. Himanta Biswa Sarma recently addressed the 14th Annual OTV Convention 'Foresight' in Bhubaneswar, organized by @otvnews. In his insightful speech, he highlighted the pivotal role such platforms play in fostering dialogue on crucial issues of growth and culture, furthering the spirit of #EkBharatShresthBharat.

Sarma emphasized the deep bond shared between Assam and Odisha, noting that nearly 20 lakh Odias proudly carry their traditions and culture in Assam. He recounted the transformation of the Northeast region, which was once neglected and a hotspot for perpetual agitations. Post-2014, under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the region has witnessed remarkable development in infrastructure, ensuring an atmosphere of peace and stability.

The Chief Minister underscored that the Northeast, once considered the last mile, is now at the forefront of Bharat's growth story, anchoring the Act East Policy. He praised the collaborative vision for an Atmanirbhar Bharat and questioned Congress's opposition to initiatives like the Uniform Civil Code (UCC) and the principles envisioned by the Constitution's architects.

Sarma highlighted the need to make exports the cornerstone of India's economy, steering towards self-reliance. He criticized Congress for its rigid policies over the years, contrasting this with current initiatives like Delhi Police's recruitment from the Northeast and successful negotiations like the ULFA accord.

Concluding his address, Sarma drew attention to the significant progress in geographically remote and economically challenged areas, illustrating how states like Kashmir, Assam, and Uttarakhand are evolving into developed regions while empowering the poorest and most marginalized sections of society.