RECENT ACHIEVEMENTS | PROMINENT ACHIEVEMENTS  

 

The Congress-led alliance Government under the able and dynamic leadership of Chief Minister Shri Tarun Gogoi has completed one year in office on May 14, 2007. Though one year is too short a period to evaluate the performance of a Government, the present Government has initiated a slew of initiatives on various fronts and laid a strong edifice on which it can help build a stronger, surer and self-reliant Assam in the days ahead. To achieve the desired objectives within a set time frame it has already set in motion the process of fine-tuning the administrative system to render it people-friendly.

Following are the highlights of the achievements made by the following departments in 2006-07.
» FINANCE
» AGRICULTURE
» PWD
» PANCHAYAT & RURAL DEVELOPMENT
» HEALTH & FAMILY WELFARE
» EDUCATION
» POWER
» INDUSTRY
» FOOD & CIVIL SUPPLIES
» TOURISM
» FORESTS
» PLANNING & DEVELOPMENT
» SOCIAL WELFARE
» FISHERIES
» CULTURAL AFFAIRS
» COOPERATION
» VETERINARY
» HILL AREAS DEPARTMENT
» WATER RESOURCES DEPARTMENT
» URBAN DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT
» PUBLIC HEALTH ENGINEERING
» WELFARE OF MINORITIES & DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT
» WELFARE MEASURES FOR ETHNIC TRIBES, TEA TRIBES & BACKWARD CLASSES
» SPORTS & YOUTH WELFARE
» IRRIGATION
» SOIL CONSERVATION
» INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY
» OTHER WELFARE MEASURES
» NEW INITIATIVES
   
FINANCE
» Formulating a new roadmap for economic strategy for the next five
years.
» Per capita income is expected to be Rs.20143 at current prices and Rs.15585 at constant (1999-2000) prices as per advanced estimates for 2006-07.
» Raising Dearness Allowance to 79 per cent.
 
 AGRICULTURE
» According agriculture the highest priority with a view to ensuring remunerative prices to the farmers for their produce. Allocation for agriculture sector increased to Rs. 365.50 crore in 2007-08 as against Rs. 327.52 crore in 2006-07.
» 1388290 drought-hit farmers extended financial assistence through 2446798 farmers' groups in 2006-07.
» Massive Ravi crop cultivation done under National Calamity Management Funds to tide over the loss caused by the drought-like situation last year.
» Diesel worth Rs.1.17 crore distributed free among the farmers to run the pumps to pump in water to the paddy fields. As a result, 36708.4 hectare brought under Sali cultivation thus benefiting 90425 farm families.
» 90410 quintals of certified seeds of black gram distributed thus benefiting 30136 affected farm families.
» Vegetable seeds free of cost given away to 869564 drought affected farm families worth Rs.434782 covering an area of 56971 hectare.
» 4 lakh drought hit farmers were aided by tractors to till their land free of cost covering 4 lakh bigha involving Rs.8 crore.
» The State Agriculture Policy formulated to pave the way for development of sustainable agriculture among the rural populace.
» SC and ST cultivators accorded priority. Demonstration of 1076 pulse and oilseed crops was held; 486 hand carts and 30 power tillers distributed to ST farmers. Similarly, demonstration of 1028 pulse and oilseed crops were held together with distribution of 538 hand carts and 31 power tillers to SC cultivators.
» Farm mechanisation given added thrust with induction of tractors in a big way. 503 tractors and 138 power tillers distributed among the farmers in 2006-07. Till date, 1057 tractors and 3877 power tillers were given away to farmers under different schemes.
» Under the programme of assured irrigation, 2.30 lakh STWs, 31,000 low lift pumps and 362 sprinkler and drop irrigation system distributed, besides developing 400 community tanks.
» Under Assam Agricultural Competitiveness Project funded by the World Bank, 160 tractors, 220 power tillers, 1112 STWs and 444 Low Lift Pumps were distributed to farmers.
» 48,000 thousand Kishan Credit Cards (KCCs) worth Rs.51.02 crore were given away to farmers.
» Under the Crop Insurance Scheme, 37,209 farmers benefited.
» Vegetables, fruits and spices registered a growth rate of 48.14 percent, 2.31 per cent and 10.15 percent respectively.
» Floriculture has emerged as a highly potential sector with the coming up of 15 big and 67 small nurseries besides 19 medicinal plant gardens in 2006-07
» 723 Self-Help Groups (SHGs) comprising women have been extended financial assistance.
» 10 cold storages, 25 village markets and two wholesale markets renovated.
» Augmenting the production of crops through Plant Health Clinics, Tissue Culture Laboratories and Gardeners Training Centres.
» 1700 hectare brought under cashew cultivation, a remarkable achievement in the agriculture sector
» Creating markets for potatoes, vegetables and flowers through public-private partnership.
» For the first time ever in the annals of agriculture sector in the State, the first consignment of 17.5 metric tonnes of Joha rice exported to Europe. 92 hectares of land in three districts of Lakhimpur, Sonitpur and Darrang involving 154 select farms being cultivated for the aromatic Joha rice.
» Implementing a revival package for short-term agricultural credit institutions based on the recommendations of the Baidyanathan Committee. Under this package, a total of Rs.282.45 crore will be available of which Rs.189.58 crore will be provided by Government of India and rest by the State Government. Meanwhile, the State Government has released Rs.20.83 crore.
 
 PWD
ROADS & BRIDGES (COMPLETED)
» 3254 km all-weather roads constructed under various heads viz., PMGSY, MPNA, NLCPR, Central Road Fund, NEC and RIDF
» 221 RCC bridges constructed
» Construction of National Games Village amounting to Rs. 108.36 crore
» Construction of Capital complex amounting to Rs. 114.98 crore
ROADS & BRIDGES (ONGOING)
» 5579 km roads under different schemes going on.
» 672 bridges are under different stages of construction.
» Three flyovers at Guwahati under construction.
NATIONAL HIGHWAYS
» The foundation stone of the Rs.238.44 crore fifth bridge over the Brahmaputra at Saraighat laid by Hon'ble Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh at Amingaon, Guwahati on April 8, 2007.
» Construction of 181 km of six National Highways under SARDP-NE programmes underway at a cost of Rs. 353.35 crore - the most notable being the historic Stilwell Road (NH-153) from Lekhapani to Jairampur (23.70 km) at a cost of Rs. 46.89 crore.
» Two RCC bridges, one over Nambor river near Garampani and the other over Lungit river on NH- 36 completed.
» Four-laning of Assam portion of East-West Corridor from Srirampur to Silchar underway.
» Four-laning of NH37 from Nagaon to Dibrugarh covering 315 km under Special Accelerated Road Development Programme for North East.
» Two-laning of 24-km stretch of National Highway from Lekhapani to Jairampur.
» Upgrading of State roads under Central Road Fund covering 530 km at a cost of Rs.16173 lakh.
» Improving State Roads of Inter-State connectivity under Centrally Sponsored Scheme covering 56.23 km to the tune of Rs.1942 lakh.
» Upgrading State Roads of economic importance under Centrally Sponsored Scheme covering 44.24 km at a cost of Rs.1263 lakh.
» Reconstruction of the road bridge over river Barak at Badarpur.
   
PROJECTS UNDERTAKEN
» The four-laning of Gauhati University bye-bass of NH 37 from LGB International Airport to Junction point at Jalukbari to begin soon.
» Work on the Silchar bye-pass will start soon; preliminary survey work nearing completion.
» A Traffic Rotary along with an ultra modern multi-storied parking plaza to come up at TC School Junction, Guwahati.
The PWD has created a landmark in improving road connectivity of about 10,000 km roads in both urban and rural areas of the State.
PANCHAYAT & RURAL DEVELOPMENT
» Launching a new scheme called Backward Regions Grant Scheme in 11 backward districts of the State in 2007. Each district will get an additional Rs.15 crore annually for developing infrastructure and filling gaps in development programmes.
» Under Randhanjyoti, about 1.43 lakh LPG connections have been given to widows and BPL families. Rs.1.5 crore allocated for the programme in 2007-08 budget.
» Under Indira Awas Yojana, 125441 dwelling units have been constructed in 2006-07 at a cost of Rs. 36388.67 lakh. 83984 IAY houses built for the rural poor in 2005-06.
» Old age pension is being granted to 6,28,949 beneficiaries at the rate of Rs.200 per month under the National Old Age Pension Scheme.
» Introducing two new schemes for the poor and physically challenged students viz., one merit scholarship for children below poverty line and the other special scholarship to the physically challenged students.
» Under SGSY, 1,24,719 SHGs have been formed with 22,659 SHGs linked up with banks.
» 632.34 lakh mandays have been generated under SGRY as against a target of 800 lakh mandays.
» Six new districts have been included under the National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme taking the total number of districts under the scheme to 13.
» Under NREGA, 9,16,753 job cards have been issued generating 553.74 lakh mandays.
» National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme extended to 13 districts of the State.
» 9,16,753 job cards distributed, providing employment opportunities to 7,92,270 families.
» Under Indira Awas Yojana, 1,26,889 dwelling units constructed.
» Backward Regions Grant Scheme launched in 11 districts of the State. Under the scheme, each district will get an additional Rs.15 crore annually.
» 23,031.67 km road constructed and renovated including 18,212 km under Sampurna Gramin Rojgar Yojana.
» 1,217.89 lakh mandays generated including 649.17 lakh under Sampurna Gramin Rojgar Yojana. Under the scheme, Rs.2.97 crore utilized on protection of Manas river and Rs. 9 crore for Aie river embankments in Bongaigaon district, Rs.6.67 crore spent on construction of link road between Namborpara to Chaklagaon Goan Panchayat, Rs.2.10 crore utilized on beautification of Koyakujiya Lake to attract tourists, taking up anti-erosion scheme of Brahmaputra at Jaleswar in Goalpara district and Rs.3.87 crore for echo recreation park at Kumri lake.
» 6553 bridges/culverts constructed, 1282 school buildings, 58 sports complexes and 1934 ponds constructed.
» 6,28,949 aged persons provided with monthly pension.
» 3968.81 hectare rendered useful for agriculture. 4539.55 km embankments strengthened.
» 15,511 Self Help Groups formed
» Conservation of 9,79,809 cubic metre water through 1,325 schemes for paddy fields
» 814 Self Help Groups provided with Government assistance, besides loan to 497 SHGs involving Rs.7.82 crore.
 
HEALTH & FAMILY WELFARE
» Inducing qualitative changes in the health sector particularly in primary health care. Rs.966 crore
received as grant from the 12th Finance Commission towards this end.
» Upgrading 103 Community Health Centres (CHCs) with an investment of Rs 40 lakh each, Rs. 1 lakh each to 149 BPHCs, Rs.1 lakh each to 1200 Sub Centres and Rs.3 lakh each to three Sub-divisional Hospitals and Rs. 5 lakh each to 20 Civil Hospitals.
» Popularising low cost sanitation in a big way to preempt many diseases.
» Encouraging and promoting institutional delivery with incentive of Rs.1400 per delivery case in the rural areas and Rs.1000 in urban areas under Janani Suraksha Yojana (JSY). 1,85,506 women have benefited so far.
» Raising diet money for patients of medical colleges from Rs. 10 to Rs. 25 per day.
» Enhancing the existing rate of stipend for PG students of medical colleges from Rs. 7000 to Rs. 11000 per month.
» Raising the incentives for doctors working in rural areas from Rs. 3000 to Rs. 5000 per month depending upon their rank and seniority.
» Extending Mobile Medical Units (MMUs) to each district. 27 MMUs have been sanctioned at a cost of Rs. 50 lakh each.
» Stepping up the National Rural Health Mission by engaging 2830 ANMs and 523 GNMs on contractual basis.
» Evolving pragmatic measures to deal effectively with malaria by constituting a task force.
» Immunization of children has more than doubled from 30 per cent in 2005-06 to 65 per cent till February 2007 at the end of 4th round of immunization drive.
» Massive modernization of Gauhati Medical College & Hospital at a project cost of Rs.100 crore is going on in full swing with similar projects taken up for Assam Medical College and Silchar Medical College.
» Providing funds to hospital management committees to carry out repair, renovation and maintenance of health institutions in the State.
» Pressing into service 350 ambulances to all PHCs and CHCs to facilitate quick mobility of doctors in rural areas.
» Setting up a University of Health Sciences named after Srimanta Sankaradeva at Guwahati to give a fillip to training and research in modern, homeopathic, ayurvedic and unani systems of medicine.
» Construction work of three new medical colleges at Jorhat, Tezpur and Barpeta underway. Rs 90 crore has been earmarked for the same.
» Setting up of five new civil hospitals at Kamrup, Baska, Udalguri, Bongaigaon and Chirang at a cost of Rs.10 crore each.
» Upgrading 35 PHCs into First Referral Unit (FRU) at a cost of Rs.14.90 lakh each.
» Identifying 120 institutes for providing institutional delivery. Of the 120 institutes, 50 PHCs are being taken up at a cost of Rs.5.30 lakh.
» Five new regional diagnostic centres will come up at Kokrajhar, Mangaldoi, Hailakandi, Haflong and Mohendra Mohan Civil Hospital at Guwahati at an estimated cost of Rs.17.50 lakh each.
» Eight new GNM Training Schools will be set up at Darrang, Karimganj, Hailakandi, Morigaon, Kokrajhar, Goalpara, NC Hills and Karbi Anglong districts at a cost of Rs.5 crore each.
» Four new Paramedical Colleges of Nursing under public-private partnership will come up at Mohendra Mohan Civil Hospital, Guwahati, Civil Hospital, Nagaon. AMC&H. Dibrugarh and SMC&H, Silchar.
» Three new MRl machines have been sanctioned for three existing medical colleges and will be installed by April next.
» An MRl machine will be provided to Jorhat Civil Hospital at an estimated cost of Rs.8 crore.
» Constructing permanent infrastructure for 3,000 sub-centers that do not have buildings of their own. Rs.60 crore has been allocated for 750 sub-centers in the first phase.
» Boat clinics for char areas will be pressed into service in the financial year, 2007-08.
» A modern diagnostic technique 'PETSCAN' will be set up at GMC&H in the current financial year.
» A new Department of Oncology will be opened at GMC&H in 2007-08.
» DM and M.Ch. courses in as many as 10 super speciality departments like Haematology, Cardiology, Cardio-Thoracic Surgery, Plastic Surgery, Paediatric Surgery, Nephrology, Gastro-Enterology, Neuro Surgery, Neurology and Endocrinology will be started at GMC&H in 2007-08
» Poor patients coming to medical hospitals for heart ailments will be provided pacemaker at an affordable cost.
» Six new state-of-the-art Mobile Medical Units will be provided to the three medical colleges as well as Jorhat.
» Adopting a new Drug Procurement Policy to ensure adequate supply of quality drugs to different health institutions in the State.
» A new set of admission rules has been framed to render the admission process more transparent.
 
EDUCATION
» Ensuring vigorous implementation of Sarba Siksha Abhijan Mission.
» Upgrading facilities in Gauhati and Dibrugarh varsities by raising the annual grant-in-aid to Rs. 25 crore and Rs. 12 crore respectively.
» Incentives to 4,451 venture institutions viz., Arabic College, Madrassa, Sanskrit Tol, among others, to the tune of Rs 18.82 crore.
» To pave the way for a Model School in each Development Block in the State, financial grant of Rs. 10 lakh each has been given to 219 provincialised High and Higher Secondary Schools in 2007.
» Setting up private universities to give a boost to higher education in both technical and non-technical professional courses.
» Distributing free textbooks to students of primary and upper primary courses.
» Constructing 4,302 additional classrooms under PMGY and 11th Finance Commission.
» Providing cooked mid day meal to children of Class I to IV in all provincialised/ Government primary schools.
» Raising the rate of stipend for disabled children of upper primary and primary schools to Rs. 75 and Rs. 50 respectively.
» Setting up a third Engineering College in the State.
» Opening a new polytechnic at Diphu for the academic session 2007-08
» Promoting distance education by setting up an Open University named after eminent educationist Krishna Kanta Handique.
» Introducing a five-year LLB course in Government Law College, Guwahati.
» According Kokrajhar College the status of a Government college.
» Setting up a campus of Gauhati University at Kokrajhar
» Promoting private educational institutions to set up institutions through public-private partnership.
 
POWER
» Improving the overall power scenario in the State with the commissioning of the 100 MW Karbi-Langpi Hydro Electric Project by Chief Minister Shri Tarun Gogoi on April 6, 2007. Moreover, the 38 MW Lakwa Waste Heat Project, 150 MW Lower Kopili Hydro
Electric Project, 6 MW Lungnit and 9 MW Myntriang Hydro Electric Projects will be commissioned soon. On top of this, power sector will get a major boost with the coming up of 500 MW coal-based power station at BTPS complex by NTPC Ltd. Moreover, revival of
  Chandrapur Thermal Power Station and plans to set up 235 MW project at Namrup and 120 MW coal based Thermal Power Station at Borgolai are on the anvil.
» Commissioning of the first ever independent hydel project, the 100 MW Karbi Langpi Hydro Electric Project at a cost of Rs.205 crore.
» 33 new 33/11 KV substations have been commissioned at Bamunimaidan, Six Mile,
Kalapahar, District Jail, Garchuk, North Guwahati, Baghmara, Demu, Dhamdhama, Kharisala, Lakhipur, Jogighopa, Sipajhar, Barigaon, Udalguri, Tezpur, Rangapara, Mizibari, Sonabeel, Dharamtul, Bebejia, Amoni, Kampur, Burapahar, Durgakona,
Joysagar, Namti, Khowang, Barhola, Nakachari, Kakojan, Polibar and Chabua with an investment of Rs.115.5 crore.
» 220/132 KV substation at Agia has been commissioned with an investment of Rs.5 crore.
» 1501 new distribution transformers have been installed under APDRP with a capacity addition of 158 MVA.
» New grid substations to come up at Bokakhat, Moran, Sivasagar, Diphu, Golaghat, Biswanath Chariali, Majuli, Nalbari, Sipajhar, Boko, Srikona and Narangi.
» The process for electrification of all the villages of Tinsukia, Cachar, Goalpara is underway. Rural electrification of all the districts is in the pipeline.
» Solar energy being augmented with more than 1000 households in 16 remote villages of Darrang and Barpeta districts being provided solar homelighting systems.
» Under Chief Minister's Power Assurance Scheme, 136 new transformers have been installed and 250 damaged ones repaired in 2006-07.
» Computerisation of billing/collection at subdivisional level has been completed in 106 locations.
» Construction of new grid substations along with renovation and modernization of existing ones with financial aid from ADB and State Government's contribution taken up.
» Expansion and modernisation of transmission and distribution of electricity network in the State.
» Intensifying the rural electrification programme in existing electrified villages as well as virgin villages under Rajiv Gandhi Gramin Vidutikaran Yojana. Under this programme, all villages will be electrified by 2009.
 
INDUSTRY
» Setting up two Special Economic Zones, one in Upper Assam and the other in Lower Assam.
» Giving topmost priority to the mega Rs.5460.61 crore Assam Gas Cracker Project, the foundation stone of which was laid by Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh at Lepetkata near Dibrugarh on April 10, 2007. Acquisition of 3030 bighas of land completed and already 1461 bighas handed over to Brahmaputra Cracker & Polymer Limited on 23rd and 28th March'07. The Government has released Rs. 58.17 crore for meeting the land value to be converted into equity participation of the Government in the project. The project is expected to generate more than one lakh employment opportunities in the downstream and allied industries apart from direct employment to 1000.
» The North East Industrial & Investment Promotion Policy, 2007 announced by the Central Government with a slew of incentives in line with the demands made by the State Government from time to time has made the North East region a lucrative investment hub for the investors. The new industrial policy offers Excise Duty Exemption, Income Tax Exemption, 30% Capital Investment Subsidy for new as well as substantial expansion units, Interest Subsidy, Comprehensive Insurance, Incentive for Service/other Sector Industries such as hotels,
  adventure and leisure sports including ropeways, medical and health services in the nature of nursing homes, vocational training institutes such as hotel management, catering and foods crafts, entrepreneurship development, nursing and paramedical, civil aviation related training, fashion, design and industrial training, Incentive for Bio- Technology Industry, Incentives for Power Generating Industries &Transport Subsidy.
» A Border Trade Centre opened at Sutarkandi in Karimganj district to augment border trade with neighbouring Bangladesh.
» A permanent exhibition ground to come up at Guwahati in the line of Pragati Maidan at New Delhi with a total revised project cost of Rs. 20.38 crore. The civil works of the 1st phase of the project almost completed.
» Nine Integrated Infrastructure Development Projects at Bhomoraguri, Dolgaon, Malinibeel, Demow, Rangia, Titabor, Nalbari, Banderdewa and Silapathar are under various stages of implementation. The IID project at Bhomoraguri completed. The IID projects at Dolgaon and Rangia are on the verge of completion.
» Three Industrial Growth Centres at Matia in Goalpara district, Chariduar in Sonitpur district and Chaygaon- Patgaon in Kamrup district are in various stages of implementation.
» A company in the name of Assam Hydro Carbon & Energy Company Ltd. formed and MoU signed between OIL and Assam Hydro Carbon and Energy Company Limited with 10% participation interest for Oil exploration activities. OIL awarded few blocks in the State under new exploration licensing policy of the Govt. of India. The Govt. released Rs.21 crore in 2006-07.
» An Agri Export Zone for Ginger to come up with financial assistance from Agricultural and Processed Food Products Export Development Authority (APEDA). It will initially cover nine ginger growing districts of the State.
» A Food Research & Analysis Centre/ Food Testing Laboratory approved and sanctioned by Govt. of India at a total project cost of Rs.1297.22 lakh. The State share is Rs.812.22 lakh and the Central share as grant from MFPI is Rs.485.00 lakh. Central share of Rs.242.50 lakh received.
» Establishing a Plastic Park on the outskirts of Tinsukia housing as many as 50 plastic and polymer based manufacturing units.
» Promoting small and medium enterprises with necessary infrastructure support and incentive package under the State Industrial Policy.
» Envisaging a special tax incentive scheme for encouraging State PSUs.
» Exempting all small and medium scale bamboo based industries from entry tax and VAT.
» Setting up a State-level PSE for exploration, extraction and processing of oil, natural gas and various other energy sources.
 
FOOD & CIVIL SUPPLIES
» Under Public Distribution System, 3,69,360 MT APL Rice, 61,994 M.T. Levy Sugar, 2,38,499 M.T. Wheat and 1,28,807 M.T. Blue-dyed S.K.Oil issued covering 60.20 lakh households of the State.
» 90,040 APL cards issued to the rural households replacing the cards issued by G.P.S.S. etc.
» 11.98 lakh selected BPL families issued 4,97,152 M.T. of Rice.
» 1,46,500 families, as targeted from amongst the BPL families, selected and given F.I. Cards bringing them under Antodaya Anna Yojana Scheme.
» With the inclusion of new families, the total no of households under AAY scheme has gone up to 7.04 lakh. 3,22,622 MT Rice issued to these beneficiaries during 2006.
» To provide food security to the BPL families living in flood and natural calamity prone areas, 100 village Grain Banks set up and funded by the Department.
» Arrangement made for permanent accommodation of the Consumers Dispute Redressal Commission during 2006.
» For permanent accommodation of District Forum of Jorhat, Kamrup and Silchar, necessary fund for Rs. 33.42 lakh released during 2006.
 
TOURISM
» Assam Tourism secured the highest ever Central Assistance (Grant) for largest number of tourism projects/ schemes during last one year-Rs.2424.91 lakh in 2006-07 as against Rs.4130.23 lakh in previous three years.
» Tourist Arrival-cum-Reception Centre at Paltanbazar (Guwahati) at a cost of Rs.284.00 lakh.
» Landscape Development of Island at Kaliabhomora Bridge, at a total cost of Rs. 303.57 lakh.
» Wayside Amenity Centre at Amoni (Nagoan) at a cost of Rs. 49.00 lakh and Water Sports at Samaguri Lake at a cost of Rs. 29.98 lakh.
» Construction of Luxury River Cruise at Brahmaputra at a cost of Rs.392.07 lakh.
» Expansion of Tourist facilities at Pobitora at a cost of Rs.89.68 lakh.
» Rural tourism Projects at Duragpur village (near Kaziranga), Sualkuchi, Dihing Paas
Tinsukia District and Asharkandi village at Dhubri &Balijan Shyamgaon at Titabar.
» Implementation of "CM's Self-Help Tourism Scheme" under which 26 project schemes by groups of unemployed educated youths with State Govt assistance are under implemention some more projects are under consideration.
» Construction of a 100-room capacity Budget Hotel in association with M/s Roots Corporation Ltd. in IHM Campus at Hengarabari, Guwahati
» Promoting Assam Tourism in the domestic and overseas markets and in events like IITF at Pragati Maidan, New Delhi, TTF at Kolkata. Mumbai, Bangalore, SATTE at New-Delhi, WTM-London, ITB-Berlin, PATA at Hong Kong and ATM- Dubai
» Annual Plan allocation for Tourism for 2007-08 raised from Rs. 424.80 lakh to Rs. 1223.00 lakh (highest ever).
» Yatri Niwas and Illumination Project at Kamakhya Temple and Development of Pilgrim facilities at Hajo under Destination Development Scheme at a total cost of Rs. 436.51 lakh.
» Development of Tourism Infrastructure & facilities in and around the historic town of Sivasagar at a total cost of Rs. 500.00 of lakh.
» Development of "Orang - Tezpur - Bhalukpong - Biswanath Chariali - Gahpur" as an Integrated Tourist Circuit at a total cost of Rs.798.00 lakh.
» Brahmaputra riverfront beautification & river cruise at an additional cost of Rs.497.94 lakh.
» As against 24,67,652 nos. of domestic tourists in 2005, the number of domestic tourists in 2006 increased to 32,68,657- which is 32.46% higher than previous year. The number of foreign tourists also registered an increase from 10,782 in 2005 to 11,151 in 2006.
» The Tourist Complexes at Pobitora Wildlife Sanctuary and Orang National Park have been renovated and put to use for tourists.
» Development of Heritage & Eco-Tourism Project at Majuli at a total cost of Rs. 382.25 lakh..
» Integrated Tourist complex at Agaratuli Range, Kaziranga at a total cost of Rs. 158.00 lakh..
» Development around Kamakhya Temple at a cost of Rs. 151.27 lakh.
» Exempting luxury tax for foreign tourists visiting the State.
 
FORESTS
» Chief Minister 'Seuji Dhora Achoni' has been successfully launched in 2006. 3 lakh seedlings have been planted involving school children.
» Extending the green cover by setting up of hi- tech nurseries on Government, community and private land under Greening India Programme.
» Under Village Energy Security Programme (VESP), 14 forests and its fringe area villages are being electrified through Forest Development Agencies in 8 districts. Plantations for fuel wood in 86 hectares and jatropha in
  40 hectares have been carried out. 668 improved chullahs out of 1230 numbers have been distributed. 43 biogas plants have been set up of the total 75 numbers so far.
» Electrification to 167 villages under Remote Village Electrification (RVE) is on the anvil with a detailed project report already submitted.
» Constituting a State-level Jatropha Mission to go in for Jatropha plantation in a big way both in the forest and non-forest land through Forest Development Agencies, self-help groups and other institutions. 50 lakh jatropha seedlings have been raised by 17 Forest Development Agencies under Jatropha Mission, Assam (Bio-fuel). Another 2000 hectare of jatropha plantations targeted.
» 373 forest villages are being developed by Forest Development Agencies for economic upliftment of the villagers under Forest Village Development Scheme (FVDS).
» Natural Resources Management & Integrated Livelihood (NaRMIL), a forestry pilot project of the World Bank, will be extended to all parts of the State.
» Creation of Medicinal & Aromatic Plant Gardens at a cost of Rs.1.00 crore in six districts of the State is in the pipeline with a scheme submitted to Government of India.
» Cultivation of medicinal plants in 1430 hectare and cashew nut in 350 hectare is on the anvil under a scheme already submitted.
» Rs.16 crore has been utilized so far of the total Rs.40 crore awarded to the forestry sector by the 12th Finance Commission (TFC).
» Development of Kaziranga National Park is underway with one-time additional Central assistance to the tune of Rs.5 crore.
» National Bamboo Mission launched vigorously in the State to step up production of bamboo quality planting materials.
 
PLANNING & DEVELOPMENT
» 13,498 Personal Computers have been awarded as incentive to the students securing 1st Division in HSLC and Madrassa examinations under Anandoram Barooah Award in 2006. 12,756 PCs were given away to meritorious students in 2005.
» Rajiv Gandhi Computer Literacy Programme has been launched in 623 higher secondary schools so far. 300 schools will be covered this year.
» Under Mukhya Montrir Jivan Jyoti Bima Achoni, a scheme extending insurance benefit to the general people, compensation has been given to 7243 persons covering both health and accident related cases involving an amount of Rs.16.50 crore.
» 23345 persons availed the benefit of pilgrimage both within and outside the State under the Dharmajyoti Scheme.
» Under Gyanjyoti Scheme, 3500 students belonging to Class VI-XII were taken on educational excursions to different parts of the State to broaden their mental horizon.
» Launched in 2003-04, the Kalpataru Scheme, which provides employment to the unemployed youths of the State, especially those living below the poverty line, has benefited more than 35,000 unemployed youths so far.
» For the first time ever, as part of decentralized planning in the State, District Development Plan has been sanctioned for 19 districts involving Rs.110 crore.
» Under Untied Fund Scheme, upgradation of infrastructure relating to health, water supply and education were carried out in different districts to the tune of Rs.43.55 crore. For infrastructure development of Kamakhya and Panchatirtha (Hajo) an amount of Rs.4.83 crore was sanctioned during the financial year 2006-07.
» Under Consumer Welfare Programme, State Govt. released Rs. 10 lakh as its own share and requested Govt of India to release its share of Rs. 90 lakh for raising Rs.1 crore Consumer Welfare Fund during 2006.
» 14,958 number of selected beneficiaries provided with free LPG connections under Randhanjyoti Scheme during 2006. The total no. of beneficiaaries under the scheme has gone up to 1,43, 035
 
SOCIAL WELFARE
» Universalisation of Integrated Child Development Scheme (ICDS) has been almost achieved in the State.
» The number of AWCs has gone up from 25,416 to 37,082 with the sanctioning of 11,666 new AWCs.
» Three new urban and one tribal ICDS projects are being operationalised at Jorhat, Nagaon, Silchar and Harangajao.
» Under Mukhya Mantrir Jiban Jyoti Bima Achoni, Rs.6 crore has been released to provide compensation to the next of kin of the persons killed in accident, to persons sustaining grievous injuries and to ailing persons to bear medical expenses.
» 98,000 aged persons have been given one-time grant of Rs.700 each to meet a part of the expenses on health care.
» Two new observation homes have come up at Bamunigaon in Kamrup district and one children's home at Fatasil Ambari, Guwahati. Infrastructural facilities have been upgraded to the existing observation homes and childrens' homes.
» 3 percent job reservation in all categories for the physically challenged in all Government departments has been made effective.
» For the first time ever, Braille textbooks for the visually impaired have been brought out.
» Self Help Groups and NGOs have been entrusted for the first time ever with the task of procurement and distribution of foodstaff.
» Free food and textbooks have been made for the students of Deaf and Dumb School at Guwahati as part of a new initiative
 
FISHERIES
» 269 hectare of farmers' ponds, 156 hectare of community tanks and 63 hectare of integrated fish farming tanks developed, besides improvement of 16 mini hatcheries.
» 2060 million fish seeds produced and distributed to private farmers for augmentation of fish production in the State.
» 730 hectare of new ponds developed and old ponds renovated through Fish Farmers Development Agency involving Rs. 1.06 crore.
» A renewed thrust is on to protect gravid female fish, restriction of catching of small fries and use of mosquito nets up to the block level.
» The first-ever Assam Matysa Utsav (Assam Fish Festival) organized at Silpagram near Srimanta Sankardeva Kalakshetra, Guwahati.
 
CULTURAL AFFAIRS
» To showcase the diverse cultures of the State, the Directorate of Cultural Affairs, Assam on its own is regularly holding programmes on song, dance and drama both within and outside the State.
» Organized and successfully hosted the SAARC Car Rally (Assam portion) on March 21 and 22, 2007.
» Construction of a multi purpose cultural centre 'Jonaki' under FFDC under progress.
» Film art gallery of Jyoti Chitraban Film Studio Society under MPLAD scheme completed.
» Five new galleries of the Assam State Museum viz, Prehistory & Proto-History Gallery, Bronze Sculpture & Gallery on Coins, Epigraphy and Sculpture Gallery, Textile Gallery and Manuscript Gallery.
» The Directorate of Archaeology, Assam, has undertaken protection works of the 10
archaeological sites and monuments during 2006-07.
» Srimanta Sankardev Kalakshetra Society has become a focal point for promotion of the rich cultural heritage of the region. Budding artists get ample scope to showcase their talents. The expansion of activities include opening of a Children's Park - 'Sishuban' and a Solar Energy Park during 2006.
» In the interest of according due recognition to the lasting contribution of heroes/heroines/social reformers of the State, schemes initiated for setting up of Sui-Ka-Pha Samannay Khetra at Jorhat; Madhavdev Khetra at Narayanpur; Sati Radhika Cultural Complex at Borduwa; Sati Sadhini Cultural Complex at Golaghat; Aniruddha Dev Cultural Complex at Tinsukia; Sarat Chandra Sinha Cultural Complex at Chapar as well as improvement of Ajan Peer Dargah at Sivasagar.
» Assam State Film (Finance & Development) Corporation organized Assamese Film Festival at Kotkata in May, 2007 with special focus on Bodo films. Earlier, an Assamese Film Festival was organized by the Corporation at New Delhi.
» The State Government modified the Assam Cinema Regulation Rules, 1960 to facilitate establishment of permanent mini cinema halls and permanent multiplexes as a step towards reviving the film industry of the State.
 
COOPERATION
» Strengthening the capacity of cooperative societies by way of repealing the Assam Cooperative Societies Act 1949 and replacing it with a new Act drafted on the lines of the Model Cooperative Societies Act suited to the local environ.
» Enactment of a new Co-operative Societies Act to remove the difficulties faced by the co-operatives and to pave the way for spontaneous growth and development.
» Empowering the GPSS to become credit worthy. The State Government has made one time settlement with the Assam State Co-operative Apex Bank to liquidate the over dues of the GPSS and accordingly released an amount of Rs.20.385 crore to the Apex Co-operative Bank.
» Revival of Assam Polyester Co-operative Society Ltd. (APOL).The Society started its spinning unit by utilizing 50% capacity from 1st June, 2006 with production of about 1800 kg yarn per day which has gone up to 3300 kg per day from March, 2007.
» Revival of Nagaon Co-operative Sugar Mills Ltd. The Government released an amount of Rs.52 lakh towards revival of the Nagaon Co-operative Sugar Mills Ltd. during 2006-07.
» The Assam Apex Co-operative Fish Marketing & Processing Federation Ltd. (FISHFED) income increased from Rs. 5.72 lakh in 2005-06 to Rs. 13.58 lakh in 2006-07.
» About 3000 active fishermen covered under pension/ accident insurance scheme under Central Sector Scheme.
» An amount of Rs. 34.90 lakh released to FISHFED for expanding the marketing channels and boosting the fish production through pisciculture in its various fish farms during 2006-07.
» The Assam Co-operative Jute Mills Ltd. at Silghat is providing direct employment to about 980 local people and contributing regularly to Govt. exchequer to the tune of Rs.90 !akh per year. The mill earned gross profit of Rs.188 lakh and net profit Rs. 91 lakh during the last financial year 2006-07.
 
VETERINARY
» 1,21,592 artificial insemination performed.
» 266 deep burial pits in artificial insemination centers constructed.
» 25 soak pits in district level dispensaries set up
» Renovation of duck houses at Duck Farm, Hajo
» Procuring 1000 parent stock of ducklings from Central Duck Breeding Farm at Hessarghatta, Bangalore.
» 11 Government piggery farms are being strengthened with upgradation of infrastructure and supply of pure breed piglets under Integrated Piggery Development Programme.
» The Government poultry farms at Silchar and Golaghat are being upgraded under lntegrated Poultry Development Programme.
» Upgradation of Government Broiler Farms at Birubari and Panbari for hatching of day-old broiler chicks and production of pure breed kids.
» 78 vaccination camps covering 11 districts are being organized besides publicity campaigns to control bird flu disease.
» 15,000 farmers selected under the Enrichment of Cellulosic Waste (Urea Treatment) Programme throughout the State.
» The 17th Livestock Census completed.
 
HILL AREAS DEPARTMENT
» Ushering in development in social services, agriculture, forest and environment, conservation and infrastructure including roads and transport.
» Promoting Rural Employment in the Hill areas through various schemes
» For the overall development of the Hill areas of the State, the Planning Commission released Rs. 176.20 crore, out of which Rs. 93.53 crore under State Plan and Rs. 82.67 crore under the Special Central Assistance has been fully utilized.
» Besides Normal Plan allocation, an amount of Rs. 10.00 crore has also been provided to both the Hill districts as Additional Central Assistance. The entire amount has been utilized by both the Autonomous Councils.
» Rs. 5.50 crore has been utilized in both the hill districts towards implementation of eco-friendly schemes.
» Under the Integrated Jhumia Development Programme (IJDP) and Watershed Development Project in Shifting Cultivation Areas (WDPSCA), six watershed projects in Karbi Anglong district and five in N.C. hills districts have already been saturated.
» Rs. 2.29 crore has been utilized for roads & bridges, irrigation, water resources, public health engineering, health and sports under the Non Lapsable Central Pool of Resources (NLCPR) for both the Hill districts.
» Under the provisions of Article 275(I) of the Constitution of India, nine welfare schemes completed in Karbi Anglong district covering sectors like soil conservation, education, irrigation, health, tourism, roads, public health engineering, handloom & textiles and sericulture amounting to Rs. 1.14 crore. Rs. 2.13 crore has been utiilized in the NC Hills districts.
» Rs. 55.84 crore Special Central Assistance is being utilized for filling up the critical gaps in development activities under sectors like roads, agriculture, etc.
» Reducing the Plan salary burden of all the development departments to pave the way for more Plan funds for development programmes for the hill tribes of the State. A substantial number of posts under various departments have been normalized.
» Raising of Additive Plan allocation by more than 60 percent to Rs. 82.67 crore during the annual Plan 2006-07
 
WATER RESOURCES DEPARTMENT
» 35 schemes taken up under EFC amounting to Rs. 19,526.951 lakh, out of which 16 schemes partly funded by ACA and EFC.
» 29 schemes executed under ACA involving Rs. 11,166.76 lakh
» A special project titled 'Assam Integrated Flood and Erosion Mitigation Project' taken up to find a lasting solution to the flood and erosion problems. Rs. 100 crore has been released to Water Resources Department to tackle the twin problems.
» One scheme under NLCPR at a cost of Rs. 1150.327 lakh, two schemes under NEC involving Rs.1998.62 lakh, one scheme under State Plan for Rs.713 lakh, 13 schemes under Task Force amounting to Rs.4153.33 lakh and 19 schemes with loan assistance from NABARD (RIDF-XI) to the tune of Rs.8456.95 lakh taken up as part of development programmes.
» 20 schemes with NABARD (RIDF-XII) loan assistance amounting to Rs.9898.20 lakh executed to boost up the socio-economic scenario in the State.
» A database cum computer center set up at Chief Engineer's Office at Chandmari, Guwahati to create a hydro-meteorological data base and digitize the Brahmaputra river basin and its sub-basin.
» Computer training is being imparted to the employees of the department in a phased manner
» Embarking on an ambitious mega project titled "North Eastern Integrated Flood and River Bank Erosion Management Project (Assam)" funded by the Asian Development Bank (ADB) with an expected investment of Rs.1650 crore. ADB has already sanctioned the project preparation and technical assistance for the State.
 
URBAN DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT
» Under Swarna Jayanti Sahari Rozgar Yojana, Rs.843.27 lakh released to the town committees for generating employment opportunities in town areas.
» Under 87 town committees, 50 km road upgraded.
» Fund released for purchase of 11 tractors, 6 waste disposal carrying vehicles for municipalities and town committees.
» Rs.12.24 crore released for construction of 613 buildings in Dhubri, Karimganj and Badarpur.
» Rs.53.04 crore released for extending water supply to Hojai, Lakhipur, Titabor, Pathsala, Bokakhat, Dhekiajuli and Hamren towns.
» Rs. 123.68 crore released for various developmental schemes in Jorhat, Tinsukia, Dhemaji, Dokmoka, Dhing, Dhekiajuli, Hamren, Silchar, Moran and Silapathar.
» Water supply schemes at Gauripur, Dergaon, Golaghat, Lanka, Bilasipara, Lala, Pathsala, Nalbari, Dhekiajuli and Rangapara almost completed.
» Rs. 1520 lakh sanctioned for second phase of Jorhat water supply scheme and Rs.597 lakh for Titabor.
» Making Guwahati a modern city with overall development of transportation, drainage, water supply network, solid waste management, preservation and development of water bodies at an estimated outlay of more than Rs 3,200 crore funded by the Ministry of Urban Development, Government of India under the Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission.
 
PUBLIC HEALTH ENGINEERING
» Extending safe drinking water provision to the entire populace of the State. Provision for drinking water has been extended to 67,159 habitations against a total of 70,669 habitations.
 
WELFARE OF MINORITIES & DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT
» Plan allocation for welfare of minorities and development of char areas increased to Rs.17 crore in 2007-08 from Rs.7.10 crore in 2006-07.
» Allotment of land patta to more than 27,000 landless including people of char (riverine) areas since 2005.
» 948.50 quintals of wheat seeds distributed to 6,775 small and marginal farmers; 548 quintals of jute seeds to 3,600 families; 10 power tillers, 51 power pumps and 761 spray machines distributed.
» 25 raised platforms constructed to provide shelter to people and livestock from floods.
» 393 sewing machines distributed besides training on sewing to 484 girls. Similarly, 32 youth imparted training on manufacturing of cane and bamboo products.
» 22 school buildings renovated, 50 students' common rooms constructed and 140 youth imparted training on nursing and computer.
» 280 hand carts and rickshaws distributed.
» Elections to Wakf Board held and a new committee constituted. Steps initiated to convert the Wakf Board into Corporation and enhancing annual grants to the tune of Rs.50 lakh and one time grant to Rs.10 crore
» Construction of a Haj Bhawan for Haj pilgrims at Guwahati almost completed. Rs.15.80 lakh given as grants-in-aid to the State Haj Committe to meet necessary expenditure of the Haj pilgrims.
» 595 crore package for socio-economic development of char areas formulated.
 
WELFARE MEASURES FOR ETHNIC TRIBES, TEA TRIBES & BACKWARD CLASSES
» Ushering all round development of two Hill districts and Bodoland Territorial Council area, besides Rabha Hasong, Tiwa, Mishing, Sonowal Kachari, Thangal Kachari and Deuri Autonomous Councils. Allocation for the two hill districts raised from 90 crore in 2006-07 to Rs.124 crore in 2007-08 and for the autonomous councils from Rs. 45.63 crore to Rs.59.09 crore during 2007-08. Likewise, the allocation for BTC has been increased from Rs.104 crore to Rs.130 crore in 2007-08.
» Taking initiative to accord Scheduled Tribe status to Koch, Ahom, Moran, Mottock, Chutia and tea tribes. A proposal to this effect has been submitted to the Central Government.
» Special packages for socially, educationally and economically disadvantaged populace.
» Plan assistance for tea tribes development increased from Rs.10 crore in 2006-07 to Rs.23 crore in 2007-08.
» An Integrated Tribal Culture Research and Demonstration Project to come up soon. Rs.10 crore earmarked in 2007-08 plan budget.
» 81,000 ST students, 70,561 OBC students and 17,430 SC students awarded post-matric scholarship.
» 57,738 SC students, 22,899 ST students and 11,248 OBC students awarded pre-matric scholarship
» 172 non-government educational institutions provided grant amounting to Rs. 30 lakh for imparting education to SC & ST students.
» 850 unemployed youth/women belonging to SC community provided training for self-employment in various trades at the cost of Rs.40 lakh.
» 32,000 ST families, 9922 SC and 1140 OBC families extended assistance under the Family Oriented Income Generating Schemes for undertaking duckery, poultry, piggery, handloom, sericulture, fishery, agriculture and horticulture activities.
» 165 tractors and 145 power tillers given away to 165 Self Help Groups comprising tribal farmers and 145 SHGs of SC farmers
» Rs.1,284 lakh provided for infrastructure development in tribal areas.
» Rs.259 crore earmarked to BTC for Plan schemes and special package for infrastructure development.
» Rs.25 crore earmarked for construction of all-weather roads in remote and inaccessible ST/SC/OBC areas during 2007-08.
 
SPORTS & YOUTH WELFARE
» Holding the 33rd National Games successfully in Guwahati and Morigaon from 9th to 18th February 2007. 17 world class infrastructure have come up together with a Games Village comprising 750 apartments.
» The 2nd leg of Asian Grand Prix was successfully hosted by Assam on June 23, 2007.
 
IRRIGATION
» 1.04 lakh hectare irrigation potential utilized through schemes during the drought-like situation in the State in 2006.
» Reviving 72 defunct schemes leading to creation of irrigation potential of 2000 hectare involving Rs.2.94 crore.
» Restoring 84 minor irrigation schemes and nine major-medium schemes at a cost of Rs.4 crore. As a result, 21,118 hectare irrigation potential have been revived during Rabi cultivation.
» Under AIBP, 800 hectare has been created in Pahumara and Borolia from 6 ongoing major-medium irrigation schemes involving Rs.12.5751 crore.
» 855 hectare of irrigation potential created at a cost of Rs.4.726 crore out of total 13.248 hectares created through 39 minor schemes taken up since 1999-2000.
» Under RIDF-X funded by NABARD, 1049 hectare of irrigation potential created of the total targeted 7111 hectare to the tune of Rs.596.92 lakh.
» 11 minor and one medium irrigation schemes have been taken up under RIDF-XI to create a potential target of 7775 hectare at an estimated cost of Rs.2013.29 lakh.
» Under RIDF-XI the major scheme taken up is modernisation of Sukla irrigation project at a cost of Rs.19.5481 crore. It will create an irrigation potential of 27400 hectare. However, total cost will be around Rs.27.104 crore including Rs.7.5559 crore under NLCPR and BTC special package.
» 8,000 hectare irrigation potential revived of the targeted potential of 34000 hectare from the ongoing reconstruction of Bardikorai irrigation project under one time ACA. Rs.28.22 crore more required to complete the scheme.
» Two minor irrigation schemes completed under NEC schemes making 365 hectare of land cultivable at a cost of Rs.210.69 lakh.
» Mobilisation of revenue to the tune of Rs.1,76,400 realised from farmers as irrigation service charges during 2006-7. Revenue collection was badly affected following drought-like situation last year.
» In all, 31,118 hectare of irrigation potential has been revived during 2006-07 while 3069 hectare created through various schemes.
 
SOIL CONSERVATION
» Plantation and landscaping in and around the sprawling National Games Stadium at Sarusajai.
» Revitalisation of Assam Plantation Development Corporation
» 1,200 hectare of agricultural land will be rejuvenated by way of conservation of soil and water following implementation of Amiaga-Barasapur Soil Conservation and Water Distribution Project in Sonitpur district at a project cost of Rs.52 lakh funded by NEC.
» Bio-diversity Conservation of Basistha-Bahini Watershed in Kamrup district at a cost of Rs.496.76 lakh; Kokrajhar Soil Conservation and Minor Irrigation Project in Sonitpur district involving Rs.106.43 lakh and a scheme for 'Cultivation of Rubber in the hill districts of Assam for rehabilitation of Jhumiya people for upliftment of socio-economic condition' at an amount of Rs.923 lakh, all funded by NEC, will get under way soon.
» 46,260 hectare of wasteland and degraded land have been developed for productive use on sustained basis through 17 Integrated Wasteland Dev&elopment Projects and Hariyali Project at a cost of Rs. 10.36 crore.
INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY
» According top priority to Information Technology and roping in world class IT corporates to the State
» Extending the Assam State Wide Area Network right from the State Headquarters to District, Headquarters to Block/Circle Headquarter down to the village level Common Service Centres.
» Sanction of 4375 numbers of Common Services Centers (CSCs), under NeGP, to be set upacross the State at a cost of Rs.69 crore. This project would be the vehicle for roll out and delivery of citizen centric services across the State.
» Sanction of two e-Districts Mission Mode projects under NeGP namely Sonitpur and Goalpara, by Department of Information Technology, Government of India.
» Initiation of employment and training scheme named Mukhya Mantrir Tathya Prajukti Prashikshan aru Niyog Achoni. The target this year is 100 youths
» Completed Phase I of the Guwahati MAN project which provides high speed connectivity up to100 Mbps on OFC backbone.
» Assam received the best e-Governed and e-ready State award of IDC for the eastern region along with four other leading States of the country.
» Computerization of registration and billing of the Guwahati Medical College made operational under the aegis of Health Department.
» Distribution of 12400 Desktop PCs to students securing 1st division in the HSLC and High Madrassa examinations, 2006, under the Anundoram Borooah Award scheme under the aegis of P & D Department
» Rapid progress in the implementation of State Wide Area Network covering 304 PoPs (points of pesence) across the State
» Implementation of Rajiv Gandhi Computer Literacy prgramme in 300 High Schools under the aegis of P & D Department
 
OTHER WELFARE MEASURES
» Providing ex-gratia for the first time ever to next of kin of civilian Government employees, Army and Central paramilitary force personnel as well as employees of requisitioned vehicles killed by extremists amounting to Rs 5 lakh, serious injury
Rs 2 lakh and minor injury Rs 25,000. Similar provisions have been made for State Fire Service employees killed or injured. Even employees killed while protecting wildlife, flood control and law and order duties and even to anti-social elements will get ex-gratia of Rs 2 lakh, Rs 1 lakh for grievous injury and Rs 10,000 for non-grievous injury respectively.
» Setting up of a Terrorist Victims Welfare Board to look after the kith and kin of victims of terrorist violence, particularly widows and children on a sustainable basis.
» Two rehabilitation centres to come up for insurgency and riot affected widows and orphans.
» Raising the service charges for cinema halls providing better facilities with a view to facilitating modernization.
» Exempting mini cinema theatres, multiplexes and amusement parks from entertainment tax for five years.
» Raising the pension of the freedom fighters from Rs.2500 per month to Rs.3000 per month on the occasion of commemoration of 150m anniversary of India's war of independence.
» Providing relief to the senior citizens above 60 years whose annual income is less than Rs 5 lakh from paying professional tax.
» Enhancing wage ceiling of provident fund subscribers in the plantation sector from Rs.5,000 to Rs.6,500.
 
NEW INITIATIVES
» The State's first state-of-the-art Biotech Park to come up in North Guwahati.
» Regulating the construction and transfer of apartment properties with the passing of the Assam Apartment Construction and Transfer of Ownership Bill 2006.
» Each block headquarters to be upgraded to an urban center with necessary infrastructure and civic amenities.
» Village Development Authority to be set up to ensure proper planning and execution of developmental activities in the villages.
» Launching the "Mission to generate employment and stimulate the economy of Assam" at a cost of Rs.669 crore spread over a period of three years.
» Restructuring the State Vigilance Administration making it an integrated system within the ambit of the proposed State Vigilance Act.
» Adopting the Centrai Act on Benami Transactions (Prohibition) Act, 1988 as a step towards cleansing public administration from the bane of corruption.
» Filling up about 25,000 posts including backlogs of SC/ST/OBC and physically handicapped candidates.
» Implementing the historic Assam Accord clause by clause giving priority to road construction and fencing of Indo-Bangla border and updating the NRC 1951.
» Raising the strength of NCC cadets to 70,000 from the present 50,000 cadets.
» Computerizing all the treasuries and sub-treasuries with central server based network system under the IT based, Comprehensive Treasury Management Information System (CTMIS) to make them more efficient and transparent. Of the total 54 treasuries and sub-treasuries, 40 have been computerized so far.
   

 

 
 
 
 
 
     
 
 
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