Photo Showing the state level Training-cum- workshop of Deputy Commissioners, on Census of India - 2011,in progress at Dispur on Febuary 26,2010

Janasanyog                                                                                          Press Release

CM discusses with Union Home Minster on ULFA issues

Dispur, Feb 25: Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi today discussed with Union Home Minister P Chidambaram in his office at New Delhi regarding the issues of much awaited talks with the ULFA.

During the discussion the Union Home Minister wanted to know the opinion of the Chief Minister Gogoi about holding of talks with the leaders of the insurgent outfit with a view of permanent solution of the problem for restoration of peace and normalcy in the State. The Home Minister also enquired about the progress of whole process and willingness of the ULFA leaders for holding talks with the government. The Chief Minster informed the Home Minister that the State Government has received some positive indication from the leaders of the outfit to come to the negotiation table. He suggested that the talk process be materialized as soon as possible. Gogoi also stressed upon the Union Government to bring the other leaders of the outfit who are taking shelter outside the country including Paresh Barua. The Chief Minster further made it clear to the Union Home Minster though it will be better to bring Paresh Barua to the talk table, the proposed talk between ULFA and the government should held with the other leaders of the even in absence of Paresh Barua.

The Chief Minister also clarified that the during the talk process the operation against the all the insurgent outfits active in the State will be continued. The Chief Minister said that apart from the sovereignty of the country all other issues could be discussed during the talk with outfit. Gogoi suggested that the modalities for the talk will be finalized as soon as the response comes from the ulfa leaders. The Chief Minster also discussed issues relating to NDFB, DHD and other insurgent groups acting in the State and the forthcoming election of the BTC. He asked the Union Home Minster for more security forces for maintaining law and order for more in the case of four laning of National Highway , broad gauge conversion and ensuing BTC election.

Union Home Secretary G K Pillai, Assam Chief Secreatry P K Sharma, DGP Sankar P Barua were also present in the discussion.
 
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CM orders CBI enquiry into NC Hills irregularities

Dispur, Feb 25: Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi said today at New Delhi that the State Government received a communication from the Home Ministry, Government of India into the allegation that during the investigation; NIA found involvement of some public servants of North Cachar Hills Autonoumous Council which need to be further investigated. The Chief Minster has recommended for a CBI inquiry as advised by the Government of India. ‘This will prove that no involvement of any Minister & MP in the Government was under scanner by NIA. This was a false and malicious propaganda initiated by the opposition party, particularly AGP and BJP for political mileage only’, said Gogoi.

He further said that this investigation will surely reveal the innocence of his Minister & MPs. ‘Rest of the matter is at the hand of the central government after my government’s recommendation of a CBI enquiry’ said the Chief Minster.

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Janasanyog: Assam                                                                      Press Release

Assam CM to discuss proposed ULFA talks with Union Home Minister

Dispur, Feb. 24: Assam Chief Minister Shri Tarun Gogoi will discuss with Union Home Minister Shri P. Chidambaram on the proposed peace talks with ULFA in a high-level meeting slated for tomorrow in New Delhi.
In this connection, the Chief Minister has left for New Delhi in the afternoon today.
Sri Gogoi will have threadbare discussions with Sri Chidambaram on preparing the ground rules for talks with the ULFA and the strategies to be devised for a peaceful solution of the problem. Senior officials of the Home & Political Department, Government of Assam will also be present during the discussions.

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Janasanyog: Assam                                                                      Press Release

Prove allegations of corruption against ministers: CM dares Patowary

Dispur, Feb.24: Assam Chief Minister Shri Tarun Gogoi has said that the allegations levelled by AGP president Shri Chandra Mohan Patowary that he was shielding the corrupt ministers as baseless, malicious and politically motivated.
In a statement here today, Shri Gogoi said that there were no charges of corruption against any minister, as alleged by Shri Patowary.
The Chief Minister has asked Shri Patowary to furnish information against any minister involved in corruption and to prove their involvement. Shri Gogoi said if there is substantial evidence against any minister, he will initiate stern action accordingly.
He said that Sri Patowary served under Shri Prafulla Kumar Mahanta when he was the Chief Minister in spite of the fact that the CBI found prima facie evidence of corruption against the latter and even sought Governor’s permission for his prosecution.
On declaration of assets by ministers, the Chief Minister said that he has instructed them to submit their assets and this would be made online.
The Chief Minister further said that the State Government, much before the National Investigation Agency’s probe, moved the Accountant General, Assam for a special audit of the accounts of the North Cachar Hills Autonomous Council on October 9 last year. He further instructed the Chief Secretary to refer the matter to the CBI, if need be, on receipt of report from Accountant General, Assam.

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Janasanyog: Assam                                                                     Press Release

CM asks The Week to tender unconditional apology

Dispur, Feb.24: Assam Chief Minister Shri Tarun Gogoi said that he never opposed the investigation by National Investigation Agency (NIA) nor did the investigation agency seek permission from him to interrogate ministers in a rejoinder to The Week for its report ‘Licensed to fail: The National Investigation Agency’s first probe might come to naught’ dated 7th February, 2010.
 “The allegations levelled against me are totally false and baseless”, the Chief Minister said.
Shri Gogoi said the State Government extended full cooperation to the NIA during the course of its investigation by providing necessary logistic support, and this has been acknowledged by the investigating agency. “The question of ‘repeatedly tried to scuttle it’, as alleged by your weekly, is totally false and baseless,” he said.
Moreover, the Chief Minister said that he was never ‘grilled’ by the Union Home Minister on the issue, as alleged by the magazine.
He also made it clear that he would not shield anyone found guilty, including ministers.
“It was unbecoming of a responsible journalist to level baseless charges against the Chief Minister without verifying facts,” Shri Gogoi said, and asked The Week to tender unconditional apology for tarnishing his image.

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Janasanyog: Assam                                                                     Press Release 

Prove allegations of corruption against ministers: CM dares Patowary

Dispur, Feb.24: Assam Chief Minister Shri Tarun Gogoi has said that the allegations levelled by AGP president Shri Chandra Mohan Patowary that he was shielding the corrupt ministers as baseless, malicious and politically motivated.

      In a statement here today, Shri Gogoi said that there were no charges of corruption against any minister, as alleged by Shri Patowary.

      The Chief Minister has asked Shri Patowary to furnish information against any minister involved in corruption and to prove their involvement. Shri Gogoi said if there is substantial evidence against any minister, he will initiate stern action accordingly.

      He said that Sri Patowary served under Shri Prafulla Kumar Mahanta when he was the Chief Minister in spite of the fact that the CBI found prima facie evidence of corruption against the latter and even sought Governor’s permission for his prosecution.

      On declaration of assets by ministers, the Chief Minister said that he has instructed them to submit their assets and this would be made online.

      The Chief Minister further said that the State Government has nothing to hide in the financial state of affairs in North Cachar Hills district and directed the Hills Areas Department and Finance Department to move the Accountant General (CAG), Assam for a special audit of the accounts of the North Cachar Hills Autonomous Council immediately. The Chief Minister further instructed the Chief Secretary to refer the matter to the CBI, if need be, on receipt of report from Accountant General, Assam.  

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Janasanyog: Assam                                                                Press Release 

Assam CM appreciates Railway Minister for host of new schemes to Assam and NE 

Dispur, Feb. 24: Assam Chief Minister Shri Tarun Gogoi expressed his gratitude to Railway Minister, Smti. Mamata Banerjee for a plethora of new projects and trains to Assam and the North East in her Rail Budget for 2010-11.

      The Chief Minister said that he was happy that Smti Banerjee accepted his proposal to set up state-of-the-art wagon factory in the State.

      Lauding Smti. Banerjee to set up the Trans-Asian Railway network, Shri Gogoi said it would go a long way in providing a shorter rail route between West Bengal and the north-eastern region via Bangladesh.

      Shri Gogoi thanked Smti. Banerjee for considering his proposal by taking up surveys for Jogigopa to Guwahati via Barpeta, Sarthebari via North Lakhimpur-Along-Silapathar and double track surveys for Guwahati-Lumding-Tinsukia-Dibrugarh, besides electrification of New Bongoigaon-Jogighopa-Kamakhya route.

      The Chief Minister also appreciated Smti Banerjee for taking up Socially Desirable Rail Connectivity proposals for Lekhapani-Kharsang, 9 Barpeta Road-Tihu, Murkongselek-Pasighat, Naginimora-Amguri, Rangpo-Gangtok, Rupai-Parashuramkund via Mahadevpur, Namsai, Chingkham, Salna-Khumtai, Sarthebari-Changsari, Jogighopa to Silchar via Pancharatna.

      Shri Gogoi also thanked Smti Banerjee for introducing Karmabhoomi train between Guwahati-Mumbai(weekly) via Howrah-Tatanagar-Jharsuguda-Bilaspur-Nagpur and making the Alipurduar-Lumding Intercity Express and Guwahati-Mariani Intercity Express daily. He also appreciated Smti. Banerjee for extension of New Delhi-Guwahati Rajdhani Express to Dibrugarh.

      Shri Gogoi hailed the announcement made by Smti Banerjee for a Master Plan for the development of rail infrastructure in the Northeast region in consultation with the Northeast Development Council and the state authorities concerned and for her assurance that the Lumding-Silchar gauge conversion project would be given special priority for expeditious completion. He also appreciated her for inclusion of Byrnihat-Shillong in the budget as a National Project. 

      The Chief Minister also thanked her for proposing to take up construction of Multi-functional Complexes in the coming year at Agartala, Dibrugarh Town and Dimapur, besides Outpatient Departments (OPD) and diagnostic centres at Agartala, Bongaigaon, Dibrugarh town, Dimapur, Diphu,  Itanagar, Kokrajhar, Lumding, New Alipurduar, New Bongaigaon, Rangapara North, Rangiya, Rani, Silchar, Tinsukia, Secondary-level General Speciality Hospitals at Guwahati and New Bongaigaon, Rangapara and Tertiary-level Multi-speciality Hospitals at Guwahati, New Bongaigaon, Rangapara North. 

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Press Release – 248                      23.02.2010

Janasanyog                       Tinsukia 

CHIEF MINISTER OPENS THE MARGHERITA CIVIL HOSPITAL 

MARGHERITA, February 23: The Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi opened the 100-beded civil hospital at Margherita today built at a cost of 240 lakhs. The hospital has 4 blocks catering to divisions like Diagnostics, OPD, OT, Maternity, Pediatrics, Gynecology, Pathology, Anesthesia, Surgery, NRHM etc. It will serve the entire sub-division of Margherita and also some parts of Arunachal Pradesh, as noted by the Medical Superintendent, Dr. B.C. Sonowal. It has at present 11 doctors and 13 nurses with the latest infrastructural facilities. The hospital campus also houses doctors’ and nurses’ quarters. The Chief Minister, in the public meeting organized by the Margherita Town Committee, expressed satisfaction over the state-of-the-art hospital which has fulfilled a long need in Margherita. He also said that since 70% of the people live in villages, hence the policies of the government has always been focused on the rural sector; so that the different schemes can be uniformly distributed for development in all fronts. He also highlighted that through innovative schemes like Jeevanjyoti, Gyanjyoti, Dharmajyoti, etc, people can avail their benefits from childhood till the fag end of life. ‘Development-oriented policies with decency in dynamism have been the primary objective of our government.’ said the Chief Minister.  

      Minister of Power and Industries emphasized on the developmental activities both ongoing and completed in Margherita and said that steps have been implemented to protect erosion in Burhidehing village. Through the Food Processing Park in Sarupathar, Agricultural Marketing Site at Pawoi, Strom Water Drainage System worth Rs. 40 crores, Cultural Interpretation Centre worth Rs. 21 crores and 900 capacity AC auditorium at the old hospital site, Margherita can carve a niche for itself in Assam in terms of infrastructure development. Along with that he also said that in total, 26,000 villages have been electrified in Assam through the Rajiv Gandhi Rural Electrification Scheme.  

      The meeting was attended by the Sri Rameswar Dhanowar, MLA Gigboi, Dr. K.K. Dwivedi, DC Tinsukia. Thereafter the Chief Minister also opened the Margherita Police Station along with the presence of Sri Diganta Bora, SP Tinsukia.  
 

Antara P.P. Bhattacharjee

SDIPRO, Tinsukia

     
           
         
           

CHIEF MINISTER MR. TARUN GOGOI LAYING THE FOUNDATION STONE OF TINSUKIA BYPASS IN A FUNCTION HELD AT TINSUKIA ON FEB 22, 2010.

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CHIEF MINISTER LAYS THE FOUNDATION STONE OF TINSUKIA BYPASS

Tinsukia, Feb 22: The much-awaited foundation stone ceremony of Tinsukia bypass connecting Panitola to Makum was laid today by the Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi at Tinsukia. This bypass of 20.34 km of sanctioned amount of Rs. 70.31 crores will be completed by 28 th July 2011.

Speaking on the occasion, the Chief Minister said that he was happy to see peace and development back in the strife-torn Tinsukia like an era ago. He said it was possible because of the development-oriented policies undertaken by the government. ‘Roads are not only the pathways of connectivity but they also pave the way for development of the region. Hence the concept of roads, bypasses and bridges’-said Mr. Gogoi. In this context, he substantiated the instances of the Bogibeel Bridge and the upcoming ambitious Dholla-Sadiya Bridge. Chief Minister Gogoi hoped that through the Gas Cracker Project of neighbouring district Dibrugarh, Plastic Park and Power Plants in Tinsukia, the past glory of it being a bustling industrial town would be restored soon.

Minister of Power and Industries, Pradyut Bordoloi said that it was a historic day for the people of Tinsukia whereby the bypass would felicitate proper connectivity and transportation in Upper Assam. He also highlighted that in total 165 kms length of new roads would be laid down in Tinsukia worth 1050 crores in addition to the road widening of four-lane of NH – 37 connecting with the Stilwell Road of NH – 153. He also added that 128 crores have been implemented for electricity modernization in Tinsukia town.

The meeting was attended by Bivekananda Doloi, Parliamentary Secretary, Ajay Bordoloi, Chief Engineer, National Highway, MLAs Raju Sahu, Durga Bhoomij, , Rajendra Prasad Singh, and Dr. K.K. Dwivewdi, DC Tinsukia.

Earlier in the day, Sri Tarun Gogoi attended the 8 th All Assam Tai Ahom Students Union (AATASU) meeting at Sadiya.


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CHIEF MINISTER MR. TARUN GOGOI LAYING THE FOUNDATION STONE OF TINSUKIA BYPASS IN A FUNCTION HELD AT TINSUKIA ON FEB 22, 2010


     
Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi lighting the inaugural lamp of the Inter- Cultural Dialogue between North East India and South East Asia : Workshop and Festival of Performances ( Dance) held at Srimanta Sankardeva Kalakhsetra , Guwhati on Feb 21, 2010.  
 

Secretary, Department of Pharmaceuticals meets Assam Chief Minister

Pharma sector to get big boost in State

Dispur, February 18: Secretary, Department of Pharmaceuticals, Government of India, Shri Ashok Kumar met Assam Chief Minister Shri Tarun Gogoi and apprised him about the activities of National Institute of Pharmaceuticals Education and Research (NIPER) located in the Guwahati Medical College campus here yesterday.

       In course of the meeting Shri Kumar requested the Chief Minister to pave the way for the approach road for taking up construction work of the institute. Meanwhile, the State Government has allotted 100-acre of land to the institute near the Film Institute at Kahilipara in the city. Shri Gogoi assured him that the Government would do the needful at the earliest.

       Shri Kumar apprised the Chief Minister about his department’s decision to set up a National Centre for Phyto-Pharmaceuticals. This centre, he said, would conduct exclusive research and develop drugs made from medicinal plants grown in this region. Four satellite centres would be developed at Guwahati University, NISNET, Jorhat, Tezpur University and DRDO, Research Centre for which the department would provide the requisite funds, he added. The total investment in these centres would be around Rs.50 crore, he informed the Chief Minister.

       Shri Kumar pointed that these centres would feed into the main research centre at NIPER. The Centre at the Guwahati University would work as an incubation centre and would also have a pilot plant to produce medicine from medicinal plants, Shri Kumar said. A Pharma Park would be developed jointly with the State Industries Department for commercial production of medicines at the next stage, Shri Kumar added. It was agreed upon in course of discussions that the Common Facility Centre at the Pharma Park would be funded by Government of India at an estimated cost of Rs.10-15 crore and that the land for the said purpose would be provided by the State Government. Chief Minister Shri Gogoi assured Shri Kumar that the Government would provide the land and directed the Industries Department accordingly.

       Shri Kumar informed the Chief Minister that cheap medicine is supplied by the department under the Jan Aushadi Scheme. Only the Government has to provide some space in the medical college and civil hospitals. Shri Gogoi appreciated the offer and assured that he would provide space in all the civil hospitals to set up the cheap medicine shops.

       While expressing his happiness on the slew of initiatives by NIPER, Shri Gogoi said that developing the medicinal plant based industry has been his priority and that coming up of these institutions would help develop the core strength of the State in a big way. He said that he would request the Central Minister concerned and the Planning Commission to expedite these projects.  

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Assam CM inaugurates seminar on Roads in High Precipitation Areas

Dispur, February 19: Road is the lifeline of society and no State can forge ahead if there is no good connectivity,” said Assam Chief Minister Shri Tarun Gogoi while inaugurating the seminar on ‘Roads in High Precipitation Areas’ organized by Indian Roads Congress in association with PWD, Assam at Maniram Dewan Trade Centre in the city here today.

Shri Gogoi said that his Government has given added thrust on developing a good network of roads and bridges to usher in economic growth in the State. “Improving connectivity especially in the rural areas is of utmost necessity. More roads mean more economic prosperity,” he added.

He stressed on the need for construction of durable and lasting roads, especially in the hilly areas to maintain the flow of communication. “As the State experiences heavy rainfall coupled with landslides and erosion, it is a challenging task to keep the roads and bridges in good condition especially in the hilly terrain. Latest technology and know-how have to be adopted to provide all-weather roads,” he said.

Lauding the Indian Road Congress (IRC) for its significant contribution towards improvement of roads in the country, Shri Gogoi said that his Government was keen to tie up with IRC for steel bridges that could be built at a record time and was cost-effective at the same time. “Even bamboo bridges can be constructed in interior areas that can lasts for several years,” he added.

Speaking on the occasion, Minister for PWD, Smti Ajanta Neog said that the Government was committed to building the roads infrastructure to usher in socio-economic development of the State. “Over the years, we have been able to build quite a good network of roads,” she added.

She emphasized on the need to build durable roads in the high precipitation areas to maintain connectivity all throughout the year and ensure speedy economic growth of the State.

Smti. Neog hoped that the deliberations in the seminar would go a long way in formulating suitable strategies for construction of roads in high precipitation areas of Assam and other States of the North East by using the latest technology available worldwide.

Secretary General, IRC, Shri RP Indoria said since its inception way back in 1934, IRC has been instrumental in planning of roads, design, construction and maintenance. He said that the Ministry of Rural Development which has taken up a massive rural roads programme has entrusted IRC with the job to prepare Rural Roads Development Plan on long-term basis.

He said that IRC would be able to come up with construction of durable and dependable roads backed by latest technology in the high precipitation areas of the North East. Shri Indoria pointed out that an effective road management system not constrained by any factor must be in place and towards this end IRC was fully committed. “IRC is committed towards preservation of assets and wants to put roads to good use by making optimum use of its resources,” he added.

He disclosed that IRC was working with State PWD to construct steel bridges in areas prone to natural disasters.

Commissioner and Special Secretary, PWD, Shri Mohan Chandra Boro, said the seminar was pertinent to North East region since it receives very high rainfall during monsoon. “Under the inhospitable climatic condition, construction of roads and its maintenance is a challenging task in the region. It is through dissemination of ideas and applying latest technology, one can meet the challenges of providing good sustainable roads in high precipitation areas,” he added.

The seminar was attended, among others, by Parliamentary Secretary, PWD, Sri Bibekananda Doloi, Chief Engineer, PWD (Roads), Sri BK Das, Vice President, IRC, Sri Anand Selot and former President, IRC, Sri KD Lahkar.

Earlier, the Chief Minister released a souvenir brought out on the occasion.

SN/19.2.10

 Secretary, Department of Pharmaceuticals meets Assam Chief Minister

Pharma sector to get big boost in State
Dispur, February 18: Secretary, Department of Pharmaceuticals, Government of India, Shri Ashok Kumar met Assam Chief Minister Shri Tarun Gogoi and apprised him about the activities of National Institute of Pharmaceuticals Education and Research (NIPER) located in the Guwahati Medical College campus here yesterday.

In course of the meeting Shri Kumar requested the Chief Minister to pave the way for the approach road for taking up construction work of the institute. Meanwhile, the State Government has allotted 100-acre of land to the institute near the Film Institute at Kahilipara in the city. Shri Gogoi assured him that the Government would do the needful at the earliest.
Shri Kumar apprised the Chief Minister about his department’s decision to set up a National Centre for Phyto-Pharmaceuticals. This centre, he said, would conduct exclusive research and develop drugs made from medicinal plants grown in this region. Four satellite centres would be developed at Guwahati University, NISNET, Jorhat, Tezpur University and DRDO, Research Centre for which the department would provide the requisite funds, he added. The total investment in these centres would be around Rs.50 crore, he informed the Chief Minister.

Shri Kumar pointed that these centres would feed into the main research centre at NIPER. The Centre at the Guwahati University would work as an incubation centre and would also have a pilot plant to produce medicine from medicinal plants, Shri Kumar said. A Pharma Park would be developed jointly with the State Industries Department for commercial production of medicines at the next stage, Shri Kumar added. It was agreed upon in course of discussions that the Common Facility Centre at the Pharma Park would be funded by Government of India at an estimated cost of Rs.10-15 crore and that the land for the said purpose would be provided by the State Government. Chief Minister Shri Gogoi assured Shri Kumar that the Government would provide the land and directed the Industries Department accordingly.

Shri Kumar informed the Chief Minister that cheap medicine is supplied by the department under the Jan Aushadi Scheme. Only the Government has to provide some space in the medical college and civil hospitals. Shri Gogoi appreciated the offer and assured that he would provide space in all the civil hospitals to set up the cheap medicine shops.

While expressing his happiness on the slew of initiatives by NIPER, Shri Gogoi said that developing the medicinal plant based industry has been his priority and that coming up of these institutions would help develop the core strength of the State in a big way. He said that he would request the Central Minister concerned and the Planning Commission to expedite these projects.

SN/18.2.10

 

Create new Railway Zone for NE: Assam CM to Union Railway Minister

Dispur, February 15: Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi requested Union Railway Minister Mamata Banerjee to create a new railway zone exclusively for the North Eastern region.

      This is one among the many proposals put forth by the Chief Minister, in a letter to Banerjee recently, for inclusion in the next Railway Budget ‘in the interests of the North East and its people’.

      Gogoi while appreciating the interests taken by her to improve railway services in the North East including Assam, said one of the major causes of backwardness of the region was lack of connectivity, and that the proposals, if considered, would go a long way in improving connectivity in the region.

      The Chief Minister requested introduction of new Daily Trains (Duronto) between Guwahati-Delhi, Guwahati-Bangalore, Guwahati-Kolkata, Super Fast trains between Guwahati-Mumbai via Nagpur (daily), Guwahati-Goa and Dibrugarh-Trivandrum (both bi-weekly).

      He also pleaded with the Railway Minister for electrification of railway lines between Bongaigaon-Kamakhya via Jogighopa and Guwahati-Dibrugarh.

      Double tracking of Railways connecting Assam and extending it up to the Guwahati-Tinsukia section, upgradation of New Bongaigaon and Dibrugarh Railway Workshops for manufacturing coaches and wagons, development of alternate terminus at Narengi for easing of congestion of passengers and traffic, construction of a road parallel to railway track in Guwahati, provision of railway track in the second Saraighat Bridge, development of alternate railway facility at Cinnamara in Jorhat as the second most important town of the State, besides expeditious implementation of ongoing railway projects like Bogibeel Bridge, Lumding-Badarpur-Silchar gauge conversion and Rangia-Murkongselek gauge conversion are some of the other proposals put forth by the Chief Minister to the Railway Minister for inclusion in the coming Railway Budget.

      Gogoi also requested Banerjee for a Railway Museum at Guwahati to commemorate Assam’s place in the railway history of the country.  

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Centre includes 10 districts under NFSM-Pulses 

Dispur, February, 10: The Ministry of Agriculture has included ten districts of Assam under pulses component of the National Food Security Mission (NFSM) for the year 2010-11. This was conveyed by Union Minister of Agriculture, Shri Sharad Pawar through a letter to Chief Minister Shri Tarun Gogoi recently.

      Shri Pawar said the ministry acceded to the Assam Government’s request to include ten districts of Assam viz., Barpeta, Nagaon, Sonitpur, Dhubri, Baksa, Kamrup (Rural), Jorhat, Udalguri, Bongaigaon and Kokrajhar under NFSM-Pulses.

      The Union Minister said he would appreciate if the State Government submits the Action Plan as per the operational guidelines of NFSM-Pulses to the Central Government indicating the intervention-wise physical and financial targets for the year 2010-11.  

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MoU signed between AIDC & Kohinoor Pulp & Paper Pvt. Ltd.

Investors confidence gone up following improvement in law and order: CM 

Dispur, February 9: A significant milestone towards industrialization of the State was achieved by Assam Industrial Development Corporation Ltd. with the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with M/s Kohinoor Pulp & Paper Pvt. Ltd., Kolkata in the presence of Assam Chief Minister, Shri Tarun Gogoi and Minister for Industries & Commerce and Chairman, AIDC Ltd, Shri Pradyut Bordoloi, here today. It is the second mega project in the State after the Rs.1,100 crore J. P. Cement Project.

      Kohinoor Pulp & Paper is coming up with a mega Greenfield pulp and paper manufacturing unit at Industrial Growth Centre at Matia in Goalpara district with a capital investment of Rs.1,500 crore and production of 200,000 MT per annum of writing and printing paper through a completely environment friendly process. The unit envisages employing 1,100 people directly and providing livelihood to more than 50,000 people indirectly. The unit is expected to be commissioned by December, 2012.

      Speaking on the occasion, Assam Chief Minister Shri Tarun Gogoi said that the project would motivate and mobilize many more groups to invest in the State in the coming days. He said that big companies are coming forward to invest in the State following marked improvement in the law and order situation. “The threat perception is no longer there and that has raised the confidence of the investors to invest in the State,” he said adding, “the existing industries that are operating are doing good businesses and have even gone in for expansion.”

      The Chief Minister said that his Government has given added thrust to labour intensive environment-friendly industries based on the raw materials available in the State. “More than the big industries it is the small and medium scale industries that have the potential to generate employment opportunities in a big way,” he added.

      Shri Gogoi further disclosed that several industrial tycoons including Shri Ratan Tata were coming to Guwahati on March 9 next to explore the possibility of investments in the State.  

      Minister for Industries & Commerce Shri Pradyut Bordoloi said it has been the constant endeavour of the present Government towards attracting big investment to Assam by showcasing it as a big investment destination of the country. 

      Kohinoor Group is a big entity of over 115 years having successful operation in Nepal and India. It is one among the big business groups in Nepal. The Group has crossed several milestones of success and achievements. The group is presently engaged in diversified fields of businesses such as Banking, Life Insurance, Hydro Power, Steel, Paper, Infrastructure and Food Processing. Some of the present projects of Kohinoor Group in India are Kohinoor Steel in Jharkhand, Kohinoor Paper & Newsprint along with Transtel Infrastructure in West Bengal, Kohinoor Limes in Madhya Pradesh and Medinirai Coal Mining in Jharkhand.

RS/9.2.10

CHIEF MINISTERS CONFERENCE ON INTERNAL SECURITY 

New Delhi, 7th February: The Conference of Chief Ministers on Internal Security was held today at Bigyan Bhavan under the chairmanship of Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Sing. .

            Participating in the meeting Assam Chief Minister Sri TaI1ln Gogoi stressed the need of all round development of Assam: particularly in the field of surface and water connectivity, employment generation, different development activities that are considered to be more important in bringing down the insurgency problem in the state. The Chief Minister further informed the meeting that riverine police and ConneCtivity in the state has been strengthen for easy access and means of cheap transportation to be availed by the common people. Drawing attention to the issue of NRC, the Chief Minister urged the. Union Home Minister to adopt 1971 as the

. year of dateline. He also requested the Home Minister to sanction additional fund to all the Developments Council which were formed under the 6th  schedule. '

In 'this crucial internal security meeting discussion about present scenario of insurgency problem in Assam had been discussed and monitoring the last few months progress and congenial environment prevail in the Assam the Union Home Minister P. Chidambaram specially congratulated. Assam Chief Minister Sri Tarun Gogoi for his active imitativeness in bringing maximum numbers of militants outfit to the negotiation table. 

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FULL TEXT OF THE SPEACH OF THE HON’BLE CHIEF MINISTER OF ASSAM 

CONFERENCE OF CHIEF MINISTERS

ON INTERNAL SECURITY 

SPEECH OF

SHRI TARUN GOGOI

 HON' BLE CHIEF MINISTER, ASSAM 
 
 

   NEW DELHI

   7th February, 2010 

Respected Prime Minister, Union Home Minister, Union Ministers present, Chief Ministers of different States and Union Territories, Ministers from different States and Union Territories, Senior Officials of Government of India and various State Governments. 

      I would first like to thank the Hon'ble Prime Minister' and Hon 'ble Union Home Minister for convening this conference on Internal Security within six months of the last conference, which indicates the seriousness on the part of the Central Govt. to evolve an effective mechanism to fight militancy and Terrorism. 

         The insurgency scenario of the State of Assam is unique as is evident from the emerging situation arising out of the hopes and aspirations of diverse ethnic, lingual and religious sections of the society. Again, the topography of Assam with hilly terrains and deep jungles in the bordering areas of Bhutan, Arunachal Pradesh, Nagaland, Meghalaya & Mizoram and the vast riverine island of the world called Majuli has facilitated the growth of insurgency because of lack of development of the remote bordering areas as well as char-chaparis (islands) of the rivers. Of course, I must thank the Governments of the neighbouring States for the help and cooperation that we have been receiving from them in tackling the problem of terrorism and insurgency. 

         There has been perceptible improvement in the law and order situation in my state in the year 2009 particularly in the 2nd half. The violence profile of the militant outfits has shown a decreasing trend. The number of civilians killed by the militant outfits has come down compared to the previous year. The slight increase in total number of insurgency related violent incidents during the year may be attributed to the quantum jump in the numbers of encounters between security forces and the militants. Out of 584 insurgency related violent incidents of the year 2009, as many as 187 are related to encounters with militants in which 209 militants of different outfits got killed. Following are some of the positive developments in the extremist front that got unfolded in the later part of the year 2009, bringing about a marked improvement in the security scenario of the state: 

         The persistent counter-insurgency operations launched in N.C. Hills district which was in turmoil for last couple of years due to violent activities by militant outfit DHD(Jewel) finally bore fruit compelling the outfit to declare unilateral ceasefire on 7th June'2009. The entire cadres of the outfit came over-ground by laying down arms in a formal ceremony held at Haflong on 2nd Ocotber'2009 paving the way for a negotiated settlement of the Dimasa problem. There has been marked improvement in the law and order scenario in the district following declaration of ceasefire by DHD(Jewel) group and initiation of peace process which is evident from the fact that against 103 incidents of violence in the first half of the year 2009, there were only 31 incidents between 01-07 - 2009 to 31-12- 2009. With the improvement in situation in the hill district, works of the gauge conversion of the railways have resumed in full swing and train services are running normally. However, works of the National Highway project, barring one package, have not progressed due to some internal problem between NH authorities and the contractors. 

         There has been vast improvement in the law and order situation in another hills district of Assam viz. Karbi Anglong following declaration of unilateral cease fire by militant outfit KLNLF which was responsible for scores of killings, kidnapping and other violent activities in Karbi Anglong and adjoining districts for last several years. The outfit has expressed its willingness to settle their problems through negotiations and in consonance with the conditions laid down by Govt. for initiation of peace talk, the KLNLF leadership has offered to lay down all the arms at its disposal besides bringing all the cadres of the outfit over-ground in a ceremony to be held in the 2nd week of February, 2010.

         ULFA, which was in back foot from some time past following declaration of unilateral ceasefire by a section of its cadres in the year 2008, received another big jolt with the arrest of a number of top leaders including the Chairman of the outfit following their return from Bangladesh in the month of November/ December, 2009 which became possible due to the initiative of the Central Government. 

         Although the above positive developments have resulted in a remarkable drop in the violence level during the past couple of months as reflected in this year's violence- free Republic Day in the state unlike the previous years, the security forces can not afford to become complacent due to persistent efforts of the belligerent factions of ULF A and NDFB to continue violent activities in the state apparently with the aim of driving home the message that they are still a force to reckon with. 

         Paresh Baruah, the elusive C-in-C of ULF A, who has reportedly shifted his base from Bangladesh to Myanmar with a handful of his supporter, is trying to regroup the residual cadres for a showdown in the coming days apparently to derail the peace process which seems to be in the offing with the arrest of most of the top leaders of ULF A. Hence, the need of the hour is to increase vigilance in the Indo-Myanmar border by advancing the BOPs manned by Assam Rifles closer to the Indo-Myanmar border so that extremist and anti national elements cannot sneak into the state through Arunachal Pradesh, Nagaland and Manipur to launch recruitment drive and other depredatory activities. It may be mentioned here that right from the inception of the ULF A, Myanmar-based NSCN(K) has been offering assistance and logistic support to ULF A which must be curtailed at this crucial juncture through the good office of the Central Govt. The activities of NSCN(IM), which has always been found involved in violent activities and extortions in the bordering district of Assam and Nagaland viz. N.C. Hills, Karbi Anglong, Golaghat, Jorhat, Sivasagar and Tinsukia district, also need to be checked by enforcing ceasefire ground rules effectively. 

         Similarly, Ranjan Daimary, the leader of the Anti-Talk faction of NDFB, who is still ensconced in Bangladesh and is reportedly trying to establish contacts with forces inimical to India in order to obtain arms and other logistic support in exchange of facilitating these forces footholds in Arunachal Pradesh to launch covert activities, has the potential to cause large scale violence in Assam in the coming days. 

      `Left Wing Extremisms, which has lately manifested itself in large-scale CPI (Maoist) sponsored violence across the country, has not yet been able to make any visible inroads in the State of Assam although there has been attempts by leftist elements to influence and indoctrinate youths of Adivasi and few other Tribal Communities. This however, did not succeed due to timely intervention by the Police. There are also reports about Maoist (CPN) trying to infiltrate the Nepali dominated areas along the Indo-Bhutan Border of Assam and a close watch has been maintained in these areas.

         In the general law and order front, the state, by and large, remained peaceful barring a few instances of renewed agitation for creation of separate states following recent revival of the Telengana issue. The demand for separate states by different communities and ethnic groups is not a new phenomenon in the state of Assam. My Government is always concerned about this and has taken different steps to assuage the feeling and redress the grievances of the communities and ethnic groups who feel deprived. More and more autonomy has been given to the different groups in the forms of Autonomous Councils and Development Councils so that the communities living in the far flung, remote and under-developed areas don't feel deprived and can themselves take part in the developmental process of their areas. 

         As regards the actions taken on the decisions arrived at in the last conference and replies to the 15 point questionnaire sent by MHA, we have already responded to the same. However I am briefly mentioning below some concrete steps taken by my government in these regards: 

      During the last 3 years, a total of 10949 number of posts of different categories have been filled up. The State Government has also created more than 7000 posts in Assam Police Organization during last 2 years. The total vacancy position of the Assam Police as on 01-01-2009 is 8763. The recruitment process for 2401 Police Constable has already been completed and they are being sent for training shortly. Further, the recruitment process of 115 numbers of Sub Inspectors of Armed Police have been completed and results declared and they are undergoing training in Police Training College, Dergaon. The State Government has also created 800 new posts for the Guwahati City Police after the CM's Conference in August, 2009. The advertisement for direct recruitment to the 98 new posts of Sub Inspectors (SIs) have already been issued and is proposed to be completed within next six (6) months. 150 numbers of Assistant Sub Inspectors (ASI) of Police have been filled up by promotion from lower rank and post of 200 numbers of SIs of Police is being filled up by promotion.

     Further, the State Government is proposing to issue advertisement for recruitment for 4100 posts of Police Constable within 15th of February, 2010 after issue of appointment letters to the 2401 selected candidates of last recruitment process and their recruitment process will be completed within six months time. The total expected vacancies of Assam Police will come down to around 1144 vacancies in case of Police Constables and 9_ numbers vacancies in case of Sub Inspectors of Police after filling up of the above posts after taking into account the retirement vacancies in next six months.

         To meet the shortage of the Police personnel, the State Government has also approved engagement of 10,000 Home Guards and 3,500 Special Police Officers including 1500 SPOs for deployment in the markets, Bazars and Parking Places and another 2000 SPOs for Railway NHAI Projects under implementation in the State.

      At present there are 313 numbers of Police Stations, 203 numbers of Outposts in the State of Assam. The State Government had already fixed a norm of 21 Police personnel per Police Stations and 15 Police Personnel per Police Outposts in the rural areas and norms of 80 Police personnel in. the city of Guwahati and the district Hqrs. Accordingly, 800 new posts of policemen in the different rank has been created for the city of Guwahati in October, 2009. In addition to these Police personnel, almost all Police Stations have got one platoon of Armed Police (around 25 in numbers) attached with them. We have also created Quick Response Teams (QRTs) in all the districts and 2 numbers of QRTs of Commandos for Guwahati city. During the last 3 years, the Government of Assam has created 55 new Police Stations and 21 numbers of new Police Out Posts in the State. In view of the financial implications, the State Government proposes to augment strength of the Police Stations as per norms fixed for rural Police Stations in the last Conference in a phased manner.

      The rehabilitation of surrendered militants has been taken up with right earnest by my government. There are as many as 14913 surrendered militants of different outfits since 1991. I would like to thank the government of India for enunciating the "Surrender-cum-Rehabilitation Scheme" for the North East militants w.e.f. 1st April, 1998 and I am happy to add that the scheme for Surrender-cumRehabilitation which has been revised w.e.f. 1st April, 2005 with the component of Rs. 1.5 Lakh grant amount after 3 years (now 1 year) subject to good behaviour has become extremely helpful in proper rehabilitation of the surrendered militants. The recent enhancement of stipend amount for the surrenderees as well as enhancement of stipend for the cadres under SoD agreement with the Govt. has been a pragmatic approach to cut down the menace of extortion the surrenderees or cadres under SoD agreement with Government indulge in. The revised ground rules for the cadres of SoO agreement has been implemented and I would request the Govt. of India to expedite the negotiations on their demands and arrive at a settlement with the outfits within a time frame. We are happy that GOI has recently appointed Mr. P.C. Halder, the former Director, IB as the GOI representative for talks with militant groups as it is bound to accelerate the peace talks leading to early settlement of the problems of different groups.

         As regards Police Reforms, I am to say that in consonance with Supreme Courts directives a new Assam Police Act, 2007 has been enacted besides setting up of Police Establishment Board, Police Accountability Commission (headed by a retired Judge of the High Court), State Security Commission and State Police Recruitment Board. As regards, the tenure of Police Officers holding important post, my Govt. has all along been averse to transfer out officers before completion of a reasonable tenure of 2 years as far as practicable.

   We have taken up the implementation of Crime and Criminal Tracking Network and Systems (CC1NS) in right earnest. The State Plans for the year 2009-10 and 2010-11 have already been approved by the Ministry of Home Affairs. The first installment of Rs.3.32 crore has been released by MHA and the capacity building process has started. We propose to finalize the State Project Management Consultant within the month of February, 2010.

      In order to improve the functioning of the Special Branch of Assam Police, the State Government has taken a decision to create a separate cadre for the Special Branch from the rank of Constable to Dy. SP by appointing 50% of the staff through direct recruitment and by inducting the remaining 50% staff from the regular staff of Assam Police.

      We are aware of the fact that underdevelopment facilitates breeding of militants. It was observed that there are certain areas in the State which contributed maximum number of youth to the militant organizations. We have identified 1152 such underdeveloped villages located in the remote areas of 20 districts. of the State. There is a feeling of neglect and alienation among the youth of these villages. Therefore, in addition to the counter terrorism measures, the State Government is taking up special schemes for development of these remote villages and also employment of the youth of these villages to wean away the prospective youth from joining militant the organizations. We request the Government of India to come forward to help us in this respect.

   I can confidently say that the militant groups in the State of Assam have lost popular support at present and the general public are participating in the economic development of the State. I strongly believe that in addition, counter terrorism measures, we will have to fight terrorism through economic activities including creation of employment opportunities to attack to some of the root causes of terrorism.

      Before I conclude, I would like to state that the State of Assam have made rapid progress in spite of Assam having terrorism during the last 8 years and this is borne out by the fact that the Economic Growth Rate of the State of Assam during the 10th Plan period (2002-07) has been 5.75% against 2.8% during the 8th Plan period and 3.04% during the 9th Plan period (at 1999-2000 constant prices).

      I have tried to provide the august gathering an over view of the problem of my State and the steps that are being taken to over come these. As was evident from the presentation, the issues that confront my State are multifarious, and a holistic approach is needed to successfully tackle these. Finally, I must thank the Hon'ble Prime Minister and the Hon'ble Union Home Minister for the help and guidance that the Government of Assam has been receiving from the Government of India for the management of Internal Security in general and in its efforts to tackle the problem of terrorism and insurgency in the State in particular. 

Jai Hind.                               

                                                                                            ( TARUN GOGOI )

                                                                                          Chief Minister, Assam

Food inflation needs to be tackled : Gogoi

 

 New Delhi, Feb 6: The Chief Minister’s Conference on price rise was held today at Bigyan Bhavan under the chairmanship of Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh. Participating in the meeting Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi said that food inflation has become a matter of concern for all States and that needs to be tackled with all measures to alleviate the impact on the common man.

The Chief Minister further added that in order to minimize the difference between the wholesale and retail prices and to prevent unscrupulous elements continuous endeavours from State government side is on. Chief Minister Gogoi informed the meeting that the Assam Government has taken initiatives for producing more vegetables under the Rabi crops category like  potatoes, onions, muster, peas, lenti1s, black grams,  arahar and other vegetable crops under a " Special scheme of grow more vegetable". Steps have also been taken to set up a State Civil Supplies Corporation for direct market intervention to keep the prices of essential commodities under control. In addition a cold storage of 84450 MT capacity have been created in the first phase recently to facilitate the farmers, he added.

            `Chief Minister Gogoi further said, there are about 20 lakh domestic LPG connections in the State out of which 11.37 lakhs are single connections and the balance 8.70 are double cylinder connections. He also urged upon the Ministry of Petroleum to convert all single connections to double to ease the scarcity position that results in long queues in front of LPG distributors. The Chief Minister also drew attention of Central Agriculture Minister to provide mustard oil in subsidized rate through PDS network instead of Palmolein oil which is not preferred by consumers in the State.

KB/6/2/10     

State Government issues RoP 

Dispur, February 4: The State Government has issued the Revision of Pay Rules (RoP) through a notification today. As a result all the employees and pensioners of the State Government can now draw revised pay and arrear as per the provisions of Resolution on the Report of the Assam Pay Commission, 2008 and the Revision of Pay Rules, 2010. Consequent to the issue of RoP, 2010, the Interim Relief shall be discontinued with effect from 1st February, 2010. Arrears with effect from 1st April, 2009 shall be deposited in the bank accounts of the employees in single instalment. Necessary budget provision has already been made for the purpose. The concerned Drawing and Disbursing Officers of different departments may take necessary action accordingly.

      Details of the resolution and the RoP, 2010 may be downloaded from the official website www.assam.gov.in. Printed copies of the RoP will also be available for purchase in the State Government Press at Bamunimaidam, Guwahati after 15 February, 2010.  

SN/4.2.10 

Chief Minister Sri Tarun Gogoi discussing with High Commissioner of Bangladesh Sri Tariq A Karim in his official residence at Khanapara, Guwahati on Feb 3, 2010
hief Minister Sri Tarun Gogoi discussing with a Japanese delegation of Fabriform in a meeting held in his official residence at Khanapara, Guwahati on Feb 3, 2010
Chief Minister Sri Tarun Gogoi with NCC Cadets of Assam & North Eastern States, who took part in the last Republic Day Parade in New Delhi,  in his official residence at Khanapara, Guwahati on Feb 4, 2010

‘Mobilise resources on your own’ Chief Minister to municipalities 

Guwahati, February 3: “The municipal boards and town committees will have to generate resources and proper mobilization of taxes to meet their expenditure and to take up civic amenities for the people. If required they have to avail loans to take up development works but at the same time ensure timely repayment,” said Assam Chief Minister Shri Tarun Gogoi at a function while distributing tractors to municipal boards and town committees in the premises of Assam Administrative Staff College in the city here today.

      Shri Gogoi said that the Government would do its utmost to solve the problems plaguing municipal boards and town committees but they have to generate resources on their own and by way of proper mobilization of taxes to make themselves vibrant and resilient.

      He said that his Government would constitute an expert committee to suggest ways for proper planning of the towns and cities of the State. “Proper planning is a must before development takes place. Haphazard growth of towns leading to a plethora of problems has to be brought to a halt before things spin out of control. We have to go about in a planned way to ensure more civic amenities to the ever-increasing population,” he added.

      The Chief Minister said that his Government would ensure protection of the green belts and open spaces to provide breathing space to the people. “We have to protect the green cover and open spaces for a healthy living,” he said.

      He exhorted upon the municipal boards and town committees to ensure proper utilization of funds and to submit utilization certificate on time for further release of funds.

      Speaking on the occasion, Minister for Urban Development, Shri Dinesh Prasad Goala said that Rs.2.50 crore has been allocated for purchase of 47 tractors and trailers to 44 municipalities for disposal of garbage under the Chief Minister’s Asom Bikash Yojana for the year 2008-09.

      He also disclosed the department’s plans to construct public toilet in all the municipalities of the State at a cost of Rs.10.90 crore. He further said that the department has released funds amounting to Rs.16.85 crore under Integrated Housing and Slum Development Programme and 10 per cent of Central Pool Fund to the tune of Rs.72.53 crore to 25 municipalities. Infrastructure development of small and medium towns would be carried out at a cost of Rs.28.23 crore, he said. Moreover, Shri Goala said that 47 towns would be provided with pure drinking water through Urban Water Supply and Sewerage Board.

      Commissioner& Secretary of the Urban Development Department, Shri Saraswati Prasad explained the objectives of the function.

      The function, was attended, among others, by the Additional Chief Secretaries viz., Dr. Surajit Mitra and Shri H.M. Caire.

      Later the Chief Minister handed over the keys of the tractors in the presence of host of officials and mediapersons. 


Chief Minister Sri Tarun Gogoi releasing the coffee table book ' Incredible Dibru - Saikhowa National Park' edited by K. K. Dwivedi in presence of Sri Rockybul Hussain, Minister, Forest and Environment, Sri Akon Bora, Minister, Social Welfare , former editor of Sentinel D. N. Bezbarua in a function held at Assam Secretariat, Dispur on Feb 2, 2010.
 
FOR KIND ATTENTION OF ALL MEDIA PERSONS OF PRINT AND ECTRONIC MEDIA
 
 
HONB'LE CHIEF MINISTER SRI TARUN GOGOI WILL RELEASE THE BOOK              
' INCREDIBLE DIBRU SAIKHOWA NATIONAL PARK' EDITED BY DR. K K DWIBEDI, IAS, DC, TINSUKIA IN A FUNCTION. YOU ARE CORDIALLY INVITED TO ATTEND THE SAME AS PER THE DATE, VENUE AND TIME MENTIONED  BELOW.
 
VENUE : CHIEF MINISTER'S CONFERENCE HALL
ASSAM SECRETARIAT, DISPUR
DATE :  2ND FEBRUARY, 2010
TIME :   4.30 PM
 
THANKING YOU.
 
 
JANASANYOG
 
 

     
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