Report on Assam Pay Commission submitted 

Dispur, November 10: A three-member committee constituted by the Government to examine the report of the Assam Pay Commission, 2008 and concretize the action points submitted its report to the Principal Secretary to Chief Minister, Smti TY Das at her office chamber here today.

      Smti. Das received the report on behalf of the Chief Minister, who is on an official visit to Jorhat.

      The committee also submitted its report to the Chief Secretary.

      The three-member committee comprises the Principal Secretary, Home Department, Shri SC Das, the Principal Secretary, Finance Department, Shri HS Das and the Secretary, Finance Department, Shri RC Joshi, who is also the Member-Secretary of the Committee.

      The Deputy Secretary, Finance Department, Shri Vishal Solanki accompanied the members of the committee. 

SN/30-11-09

CM chairs first GB meeting of RMSA 

     Dispur, November 27: The first Governing body meeting of Rashtriya Madyamik Siksha Abhijan (RMSA) and the fifth Governing body meeting of Sarba Siksha Abhijan (SSA), Assam were held under the chairmanship of Chief Minister, Shri Tarun Gogoi here today.

     Chief Minister Shri Gogoi underscored the need to provide more thrust to tea and minority pockets where the number of out of school children is most. He, however, at the same time lauded the efforts of SSA, Assam for reducing the number of out of school children from 13.40 lakh in 2002-03 to 1.99 lakh in 2008-09.  It is expected that the number would further go down to 98,667 in the current year. Jorhat, Golaghat and Lakhimpur are the three districts that do not have out of school children.

     Shri Gogoi emphasized on the need to create more additional classrooms to accommodate the growing number of school children in the elementary level. The State requires about 20,000 additional classrooms.

     The Chief Minister underlined the need to provide provisions for drinking water, toilet and common room in the schools that do not have such facilities. Of 35,973 schools, 4,299 and 15,471 schools do not have drinking and toilet facilities respectively. By 2010 the gap is expected to be filled up.

     Shri Gogoi asked the officials of SSA to hold teacher’s training programmes in the summer vacations to ensure smooth functioning of classes. He directed the SSA authorities to take stringent action against teachers unwilling to take part in the training programmes. “Capacity building and empowerment of teachers through in-service training is a prerequisite for quality education and no one can shirk this responsibility at the expense of education of children,” he added.

     He urged the authorities to activate DIETs in the State and to involve them more in the training and other programmes of SSA. At present the State has 15 such institutes.

     Mission Director, Shri Avinash Joshi while pleading for release of State’s share for free textbooks for general boys’ category amounting to Rs 66.24 crore. He urged the Finance Department to release the already sanctioned fund of Rs 21.97 crore under Award of 12th Finance Commission for the purpose. For SSA, the State Government has already released Rs.55 crore out of the State’s share of Rs.60 crore for the year 2009-10.

     At the first Governing Body meeting of RMSA, the Chief Minister said that the flagship programme would require proper coordination between the education and line departments, agencies, both government and non-government. “With RMSA we have to shoulder additional responsibility apart from SSA. We have to work in close tandem to achieve the desired goals,” he said.

     RMSA will be implemented initially in the first two years at the Government Secondary level Schools only. At the request of authorities concerned, the Chief Minister said he would take up the matter with Government of India for extending RMSA to the higher secondary level as well. At present the State has 2,060 secondary schools and 586 higher secondary schools

     Shri Gogoi stressed on the need to remove gender, socio-economic and disability barriers and to make secondary education of good quality available, accessible and affordable to all young persons. RMSA aims at achieving a GER of 75 per cent in secondary education within a period of five years and universal access to secondary level education by 2017.

     The Chief Minister said improving pupil-teacher ratio is a must for attaining the goals of universal access to secondary level education.

     The meeting approved the pre-project activities of RMSA to the tune of Rs 650.26 lakh which include, among others, strengthening district offices, manpower resources, organizing workshops, training and seminars. Assam has already submitted both the Perspective Plan and Annual Plan for 2009-10 to Government of India.

     The meeting was attended, among others, by Minister for Education, Shri Gautam Bora, Minister Planning & Development, Shri Prithivi Majhi and Minister for Sociial Welfare, Shri Akon Bora, besides senior officials of various departments. 

SN/27.11.09 

Janasanyog: Assam                                                                Press Release 

CM urges Chairman of 13th FC for more fiscal support 

Dispur, Nov.23: Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi today met the Chairman of 13th Finance Commission of India Dr. Vijay Kelkar at the latter’s office chamber in New Delhi and discussed various financial issues relating to the State.

      The issues which figured in the discussions were border areas development, development of backward areas, Agriculture and its allied sectors, science and technology, rural health, education, flood and erosion, financial assistance to the autonomous councils and implementation of 6th pay revision, et al.

      The Chairman of the Commission Dr. Vijay Kelkar showered encomiums on Chief Minister Gogoi and his team for excellent fiscal management. He said as the State was able to attain fiscal discipline and management, it may not require much financial support from the Centre.

Chief Minister Gogoi while apprising Dr. Kelkar about the slew of initiatives taken to maintain fiscal discipline and management, urged him to extend more fiscal support from the Centre to wipe off the accumulated infrastructural and developmental backlog of the past few decades.

      The Chief Minister was assisted by the Principal Secretary, Finance, HS Das, Principal Secretary to Chief Minister, TY Das, Resident Commissioner, Sri Debandra Kumar. The Secretary of the Finance Commission, Sunit Bose was also present in the discussions.

KB/SN/23.11.09

 

Janasanyog, Assam
Excerpts from Assam Chief Minister’s speech on the occasion of ‘Assam Day’ in
New Delhi on November 21, 2009

Assam, the gateway to the North Eastern Region of the country, has immense potentiality for industrial growth. The N.E. Region in general and Assam in particular is blessed with natural resources, minerals and human resources. Tea and oil are the two mainstay of Assam’s economy followed by agriculture.

About one-third of total hydel power potential of the country lies in the region which is yet to be harnessed.

Existence of diverse and rare species of exotic flora and fauna make Assam a nature’s paradise. The scenic beauty and virgin forests of Assam, particularly the beautiful Natural Parks wildlife sanctuaries like Kaziranga, Manas, Pabitora and others have become centres of attraction to tourists, both national as well as international.

The State has tremendous potential for tourism which can attract the investors to invest in this sector. The stalwarts in the Tourism & Hotel Industries viz., TATA, IL & FS,  Reliance, Taj Group etc. have been requested to create more infrastructure facilities in the State and some of them have already started works.

Assam has moved from 2% growth rate in Gross Domestic Product (GDP) to an 8% growth rate within the last few years. The Government of Assam in the Industries & Commerce Deptt. has been extending necessary support to micro, small and medium enterprises sector for employment generation as well as for economic growth of the State.

With a view to creating an enabling environment for investment and industrial development in the North Eastern Region including Sikkim, the Govt. of India has unveiled the North East Industrial Investment & Promotion Policy, 2007 (NEIIPP’07). Incentives like – Industrial Excise Duty Exemption, 100% Income Tax Exemption, Capital Investment Subsidy on Plant & Machineries, Transport Subsidy, Interest Subsidy, Comprehensive Insurance, Incentive Package for the service sector-hotels, nursing homes, vocation training institutes etc., incentives for bio-technological industry as applicable to other industries, incentives for power generating industries are proposed to be provided to the MSMEs as per norms under NEIIPP 2007 of the Govt. of India.

I take this opportunity to welcome interested investors from abroad and inside the country to come to our State and invest money in industries and service sectors. Our Govt. will extend all possible help to you.

The mega Gas Cracker Project, a joint venture of GAIL, OIL, NRL & Assam Govt., which involves Rs.5460 crore is scheduled to be completed by the end of 2012 and the project will provide direct employment to 800 persons and indirect employment to about one lakh through various downstream and ancillary projects. 1250 downstream units have been identified. 45,000 people are expected to be employed in the first phase. Govt. is actively working to set-up a Plastic Park around the project site on 1500 bighas of land for about 400-500 units.

Assam is traditionally famous for its cottage industry, especially spinning and weaving. Pat or Pure Silk production is essentially confined to Assam. Assam produces about 10% of total natural silk of India, in addition to Muga, the golden silk. The State is also the main producer of Eri or Endi. Weaving is a traditional industry in the State with over 7,00,000 looms in existence. Similarly, we are very rich in Handicraft Sector, too. The raw materials like bamboo, cane, etc. are abundantly available in the State. One can easily take advantage of these bounties.

Moreover, for the micro sector, some cluster schemes are also being taken up for some traditional activities like Brass, Bell Metal, Knife–making Terracotta, Fire Cracker, traditional jewellery, cane & bamboo and Seetal Pati in places like Hajo, Sarthebari, Jorhat, Dhubri, Barpeta, Nagaon and Cachar, respectively.

To create more small medium enterprises, the Industries & Commerce Deptt., is setting up a bamboo Park at Jagiroad, a Mega Food Park at Nathkuchi and Chaigaon, a textile Park at Sipajhar, a Banana Park at Goalpara in collaboration with Govt. of India and private partnership.

Moreover, major private investments are in the pipeline for four major cement plants with total investment of Rs. 2500-Rs.3000 crore, one new Paper Mill at Matia (Goalpara) with an outlay of Rs. 2400 crore, an Agro Hub at Boko, a Bio-diesel Refinery at Balipara (Sonitpur) with an outlay of Rs.600 crore and Industrial Corridors around Guwahati and Tinsukia.

To train manpower, the State Govt. is going to set up “Rajiv Gandhi Institute of Petroleum Studies” at Sivasagar, National Institute of Design at Jorhat and Natural Institute of Packaging at Guwahati and Tinsukia.

We are holding the “North East Business Summit” from time to time with delegates of foreign countries to attract industrialists / entrepreneurs to invest in the field of industry in our State.

Moreover, our Govt. announced the Industrial Investment Policy of Assam, 2008 to generate economic development by accelerating the process of industrialization and also to generate employment and increase income by encouraging the establishment of micro enterprises and others. Under this policy, some fiscal incentives are also being provided.

 

Janasanyog: Assam                                                                 Press Release

CM reviews schemes under Asom Bikash Yojana

Dispur, November 20: Assam Chief Minister Shri Tarun Gogoi today reviewed the progress of various schemes under Asom Bikash Yojana at a meeting with the heads of the departments at his office chamber here.

In a marathon discussion lasting over nearly two hours, the Chief Minister directed the departmental heads lagging behind to complete last year’s allocated funds at the earliest and to ensure cent per cent utilisation of this year’s allocation under the yojana.

Shri Gogoi said that there will be more allocation of funds to departments performing well.
He asked the departmental heads to send the physical and financial status reports to the Planning & Development Department for proper re-evaluation.

The Chief Minister categorically told the head of the departments to ensure that funds allocated are fully utilized and ‘it should reach out to those for whom it is meant.’ “The end-result of any scheme in the field is all important,” he added.

Some of the departments which have come in praise for putting up a good show are Education, Handloom & Textiles, Commerce & Industries, Cultural Affairs, Power, Tea Tribes Welfare Department, Border Areas Department and Revenue.

The Principal Secretary, Finance, Shri H.S. Das asked the departmental heads to get funds sanctioned latest by February 28 and to place ceiling within 15th of every month.

SN/20.11.09


Janasanyog; Assam                                                                              Press Release
                    
36th Foundation Day of Dr. B. Barooah Cancer Institute
‘Treat cancer patients with humane touch’: says Assam CM

Guwahati, November 18: “Cancer patients must be treated with humane touch, tender care and understanding to inculcate positive thinking into their minds which help to fight the disease effectively,” said Assam Chief Minister Shri Tarun Gogoi at the 36th Foundation Day of Dr. B. Barooah Cancer Institute (BBCI) today.

Underscoring the need for treating cancer patients with s humane touch, Shri Gogoi said, “Medicines will work wonders if a cancer patient who usually suffers from deep depression is treated with tender care and understanding. Good behaviour is a must while treating all patients, especially those suffering from cancer disease.”

He emphasized on the need for creating awareness to prevent diseases from attacking the human anatomy. “The old adage, prevention is better than cure, holds good for all times to come. We must do away with sedentary habits to keep diseases at bay,” he said.

“Service to humanity is service to God,” he said, adding, “those in the medical profession are best suited to offer their services to humanity than anybody else.”

The Chief Minister while lauding the noble initiative of GLP Social Circle to take the cancer patients to religious places, suggested the authorities of BBCI to start religious discourses in its premises to give them the mental confidence to fight cancer disease.

Shri Gogoi acceded to the demand of BBCI authorities for a second rest house to ease the accommodation problem of cancer patients and their attendants.

The Chief Minister while distributing cheques to beneficiaries of cancer patients belonging to BPL families funded by the Centre, announced Rs.20 lakh from the State Government for such families.

Shri Gogoi released BBCI Newsletter and Bulletin on the occasion.
Earlier, the Chief Minister inaugurated the second unit of the state-of-the-art Linear Accelerator Machine with 3D CRT at the institute. Apart from BBCI, four other medical institutions in the country possess this machine costing Rs. 5.70 crore. This machine helps to reduce the waiting time for radiotherapy treatment considerably.

Speaking on the occasion, Minister for Health, Dr. Himanta Biswa Sarma echoed the sentiments of the Chief Minister for treating the cancer patients with humane touch. “The cancer patients need special care and treatment. Doctors and nurses must be very sensitive and responsive towards their needs. The more we maintain a cordial relationship with them, the more is their chances of recovering fast,” he added.

Citing the high incidence of cancer cases in Assam and the entire North East region, Dr. Sarma said, “Cancer cases in the region is high because people consume betelnut, gutka (pan masala) and smoke bidis and cigarettes.  If we do not give up taking these harmful things, the chances of cancer afflicting us is more. Better to adopt preventive measures than falling prey to the disease that cause us unbearable pain and suffering.”

The Health Minister announced the Government’s decision to open the second cancer hospital in Guwahati to look after the ever-increasing number of cancer patients in the region. “It will be a 200-bedded hospital. Atomic Research authority has given the permission to go ahead. The construction work will start from next month.”

He said to meet the shortfall of trained doctors, it has been decided to start an Oncology Department at the BCCI with the help of Gauhati Medical College and Hospital.

The Health Minister said that under the free chemotherapy scheme for cancer patients, more than 10,000 patients have benefited so far. The Government has incurred Rs.35 crore for this purpose. Dr. Sarma disclosed the Government’s decision to unveil a bust of the founder of the institute Dr. Bhubaneshwar Barooah at the institute’s premises. “The Government will bear the expenses and work will start in the next couple of months,” he added. He released an Information Brochure brought out on the occasion.

Later Dr. Sarma inaugurated the Rs.1.50 crore Central Sterile Supply Department commissioned with centre of excellence grant received from the Ministry of Health & Family Welfare.

Earlier, in his welcome address, the Director of the institute, Dr. AC Kataki, said the Ministry of Science & Techology has sanctioned Rs.2.3 crore for setting up of a DBT Centre for Molecular Biology and Cancer Research. “The Centre will be operational from January, 2010,” he added.

He disclosed BBCI’s plans to start MD courses in Oncology and Radiotherapy. “We have sent the syllabus to Gauhati University for its approval,” he added.

Dr. Kataki said the institute has engaged a human resource development organization for communication, leadership skill development of the employees of the institute.
The function, was attended, among others, by Dr. NK Kalita, Chairman, Dr. B. Barooah Cancer Institute Foundation Day Celebration Committee and Dr. GL Agarwala, M.D., GL group of publications.

SN/18.11.09

Janasanyog; Assam                                                                              Press Release

CM gives away incentives under Majoni Scheme

Guwahati, November 18: Assam Chief Minister Shri Tarun Gogoi today formally distributed fixed deposit certificates to beneficiaries of Kamrup rural and Kamrup metro districts under Majoni scheme at a function held at Ganesh Mandir Indoor Stadium here.
Altogether 1200 beneficiaries of Kamrup rural and 800 of Kamrup metro benefited under the scheme.
Speaking on the occasion as chief guest, Shri Gogoi said the scheme launched last year under Asom Bikash Yojana to support the girl child would contribute a lot towards her future needs by way of education. “If a society has to march ahead, the girl child has to be nurtured and taken care of in the formative years so that they become economically independent at the age of 18,” he said.
Shri Gogoi said that the Government has all along laid emphasis on ameliorating the lot of the womenfolk who constitute half of the total populace of the State. “Emancipation and empowering our womenfolk who constitute the backbone of our social fabric is the only way we can take the State along the path of prosperity. Assam’s  development is intertwined with the development of its womenfolk,” said Shri Gogoi, adding that the slew of initiatives taken by the Government has been towards that direction.
The Chief Minister said that the Government will consider raising the fixed deposit amount from Rs.5,000 for the girl child with rise in revenue mobilization.
Shri Gogoi also announced the Government’s decision to introduce a separate policy on education exclusively for women. “We want to wipe out literacy among the womenfolk and to prevent early marriage. Education will help them to stand in good stead in whatever they do in life,” he added.
He also underscored the need for birth control to ensure that each and every member of a small family gets proper care and attention.
Addressing the huge gathering, Health Minister Dr. Himanta Biswa Sarma said the Majoni scheme has come as a welcome relief to the parents of the girl child. “The amount for Rs.5,000 fixed in her name will become 25,000 to 30,000 on her attainment of 18 years. With that amount her educational needs can be taken care of,” he said.
He said the Government which is funding the scheme out of its own resources, is incurring Rs.150 crore annually for the nearly 2.80 lakh new born girl child every year.
Dr. Sarma disclosed that the Government would organize in every district from next month for distributing fixed deposit certificate to 25,000 girl child.
The Minister for Social Welfare, Shri Akon Bora said Majoni has been a laudable initiative of the present Government to make the girl child stand on her own feet without banking upon her parents for her education and other needs.
He announced that his department at the instance of the Chief Minister has decided to launch three new schemes for the fair sex belonging to poor families. “A pension scheme for unmarried women aged 45 years belonging to poor families will be launched by 15 December. Besides, Rs, 10,000 will be given to a widow and Rs.4,000 to a pregnant woman, for which budgetary provision has been made,” he added.
Earlier, the Deputy Commissioner, Kamrup rural, Shri R.C. Jain delivered the welcome address. The function was attended, among others, by Deputy Commissioner, Kamrup metro, Shri Prateek Hajela and Mission Director, NRHM, Assam, Shri J.B. Ekka.

SN/18.11.09

Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi delivering his speech in Mising Agom Kebang on 14th Nov at Gogamukh
Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi with his wide taking participation in the Mising Agom Kebang on 14th Nov at Gogamukh, Dhemaji
Inauguration of Indoor Stadium at Rajiv Gandhi Rural Sports Stadium at Mohori Camp, Gogamukh on 14th Nov.
Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi inaugurated Rajiv Gandhi Rural Sports Stadium at Mohori Camp, Gogamukh, Dhemaji on 14th Nov.

Union Minister for Road Transport lays foundation stone of Gauhati University Bypass and 2-lane Flyover 

Dispur, November 12: Union Minister of State for Road Transport and Highways Shri Mahadeo Singh Khandela today laid the foundation stone of the Gauhati University Bypass and 2-lane Flyover at LGBI Airport junction on NH 37 on the outskirts of Guwahati city.

      Speaking on the occasion, Shri Khandela said the proposed projects would accommodate the additional airport bound traffic, relieve the university area from traffic congestion and provide an alternative high speed route from Rakhaldubi to Guwahati in addition to the East-West Corridor.

      The Union Minister said that the Centre has given more thrust on providing all-weather roads to accelerate the pace of development in the North East region. He said the Centre’s ambitious East West Corridor project in the region has been progressing at a good pace barring a few stretches in North Cachar district of Assam. He urged the Assam Chief Minister to provide full security to various agencies implementing various road projects in North Cachar district and to resolve the issues of land acquisition and forest clearance to ensure speedy construction of road network in the State.

      Dwelling at length on the various road projects in the region, Shri Khandela said works under East West Corridor in the region amounting to Rs 5217 crore has already been allocated. “Only a 21-km stretch under the project needs to be allocated,” he added.

      Addressing the gathering, Assam Chief Minister Shri Tarun Gogoi said that a long-felt demand of the local people and the Gauhati University authorities has been fulfilled with the laying of foundation stone of Gauhati University Bypass and 2-lane Flyover. “It will not only hasten development in the area but also make the campus of the premier institute of higher learning of the region free from sound and air pollution.”

      Underscoring on the need for better connectivity for speedier development, Shri Gogoi said that his Government has all along laid emphasis on improving road connectivity in the nook and corner of the State. “Roads are lifelines and the yardstick for gauging development. More roads mean more development. That is why our Government has accorded top priority to building a good road network extending to the far-flung areas of the State.”

      Seeking people’s cooperation towards acquisition of land for the projects under way in the State, Shri Gogoi said, “We all are going to reap benefits if the road network is developed. It will not only lead to rise in land price but also help to mitigate the problems of poverty and unemployment to a great extent by ensuring economic growth.”

      The Chief Minister urged the Union Minister to expedite the gauge conversion work in North Cachar hills following a marked improvement in the law and order situation with the coming of DHD(J) to the mainstream. “Today North Cachar is more peaceful and the law and order situation is not as made out to be by some vested interests,” he added.

      The State Minister for PWD, Smti Ajanta Neog said the 100 crore projects would make surface communication hassle-free, especially for the air passengers and create a pollution free academic environment on the university campus. She said that there has been a sea change in road connectivity in the State during the tenure of the present Government. “12,000 km of new roads have been constructed during the past eight years. 500 km of roads under NHs are being taken up. Many new bridges have come up,” she said. Smti Neog also spelt out the Government’s slew of initiatives to improve rural connectivity including conversion work of single-lane roads into two-three lane linking the district headquarters.

      She said that the North East would immensely benefit with the additional three new bridges over the Brahmaputra. Earlier, the State Commissioner and Special Secretary, PWD, Shri Mohon Ch. Boro delivered his welcome address. The function, was attended, among others, by Parliamentary Secretary, PWD, Shri Bibekananda Dalai, additional Chief Secretary, PWD, Smti Parul Devi Das and local MLA, Shri Ramendra Narayan Kalita.  

SN/12.11.09 

Assam Chief Minister Sri Tarun Gogoi at a function organised to bid farewell to Haj pilgrims of the North East at Haji Musafir Khana in the city on November 5, 2009
Chief Minister Sri Tarun Gogoi lighting the inaugural lamp of the 'Investors Meet & Conference on Development of Mineral resource and Mineral based Industry in North Eastern Region'  organized by Union Ministry of Mines and Ministry of Doner in association of Governments of NE States and FINER in presence of Sri B K Handique , Union Minister for Mine and DoNER at Maniram Dewan Trade Centre, Guwahati on Nov 6, 2009.
 
 
Chief Minister Sri Tarun Gogoi addressing the  'Investors Meet & Conference on Development of Mineral resource and Mineral based Industry in North Eastern Region' as a Chief Guest organized by Union Ministry of Mines and Ministry of DoNER in association of Governments of NE States and FINER at Maniram Dewan Trade Centre, Guwahati on Nov 6, 2009.
 
 
Chief Minister Sri Tarun Gogoi and Do NER Minister Sri B. K Handique paying visit to the exhibition stalls organized on the occasion of 'Investors Meet & Conference on Development of Mineral resource and Mineral based Industry in North Eastern Region' held at Maniram Dewan Trade Centre, Guwahati on Nov 6, 2009.
     

Expert Committee to study water diversion by China

 

Dispur, November 6: In the wake of reported diversion of water/damming in the upper reaches of Brahmaputra river by China, Assam Chief Minister Shri Tarun Gogoi has directed the Chief Secretary to constitute an Expert Committee headed by Dr. Dulal Chandra Goswami, former Professor of Gauhati University.

The committee will examine the issues like water availability, hydroelectric potential scenario, flood and related issues such as erosion, sedimentation load, etc in the light of China’s reported move to divert water from the Brahmaputra river.

Besides Dr. Goswami as chairman, the committee will comprise Dr. Jogendra Nath Sarma, Professor of Dibrugarh University, Dr. Anup Kumar Gogoi, Professor IIT, Guwahati, Dr. Arup Kumar Sarma, Professor IIT, Guwahati and Dr. Bipul Talukdar, Professor, Assam Engineering College as members. The Secretary, Water Resources Department will be the Member Secretary.

The committee will submit its report within three months from the date of issue of the notification.

It may be mentioned here that Chief Minister Shri Gogoi took up the matter in right earnest with the Prime Minister and the Union Water Resources Minister following reported move by China to divert water from the Brahmaputra river during his recent visit to the national capital.

 

SN/IHH/6.11.09

Only Rural Development Can Lead to the Overall Development of the State: CM

Dispur, Nov 1 : Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi attended the Assam Moran Sabha at Wathoi under Buridihing Mouza today. He applauded the Sabha for their efforts to amalgamate and unite the people to take the community forward. He specifically mentioned that the Government has formulated a policy of rural-oriented programmes because he sincerely feels that only rural development can lead to the overall development of the state.

He mentioned that roads are the pathways of connectivity between the villages and cities for marketing their products, for better and emergency medical facilities and also for the students to pursue higher studies. In this context he highlighted the importance of Bharat Nirman  Project, NREGA, SHGs and implementation of various government schemes for well-being of the people living in the remote and border areas. He was impressed to learn that the Wathoi villagers produce bananas and oranges in plenty to meet the consumers need. He stated that in comparison to earlier years many developmental works have been undertaken and yet there are many things to be done which his government is committed to take up particularly in the area of health, women empowerment and in the field of technical education. He admired the efforts done by Dr. K.K. Dwivedi, DC of Tinsukia for his challenge to develop various remote areas under Tinsukia District.  

Earlier the Chief Minister, accompanied by Industries and Power Minister Pradyut Bordoloi was given a rousing and warm welcome with Gayan Bayan where thousands of people thronged.  Minister Bordoloi also echoed the importance of road connectivity for further development of electrification, education, plantation and health- care. He was happy to note that this area has been gradually developing and trying to reap the benefits under various government schemes.  An exhibition was also held showcasing the ethnic and traditional fabrics, medicinal plants and various tools along with a book stall.

APPB/ Tin/1/11/09

L-R- Minister Pradyut Bordoloi, CM Tarun Gogoi & DC Dr. K.K. Dwivedi CM Tarun Gogoi addressing the crowd Book lovers at Wathoi
   
  An exhibition at Wathoi  

     
 
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