Guwahati, Mar 14 (PTI) Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal today said his government will set up a Cultural Research Centre for Gurkhas in the state capital.

A plot of land will also be provided where statues of three legendary figures of the Gurkha community – Chabilal Upadhaya, Bhakta Bahadur Pradhan and Dalbir Singh Lohar – would be installed in recognition of their role in strengthening the demographic diversities of the state.

“Gurkhas are an integral part of the larger demographic profile of Assam, and together they have contributed immensely to strengthen the socio-cultural fabric of the state,” Sonowal said.

Members of three organisations representing the Gurkha community – Asom Nepali Sahitya Sabha, Gurkha Students’ Union and Asom Gurkha Sammelan – met the CM today and apprised him of the problems faced by the community.

Sonowal also met a delegation of the All Assam Bengali Youth Students’ Federation and assured them of appropriate steps for resolving various issues raised by them.

He said the Assam government will the extend all possible measures to people of the Bengali community for their socio-economic and cultural development.

With regard to alleged encumbrances related to the National Register of Citizens, Sonowal assured the Bengali students’ delegation to take up the matter with the NRC Coordinator to remove bottlenecks.

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