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Assam governor outlines strides made by the state's economy

BNE News Desk , January 27, 2024
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“As peace is prevailing, the state is now making significant strides in infrastructural development”, he said. He referred to the Asom Mela project to transform the state highways and major district roads into high-speed road corridors. He also spoke on 5 major roads that have been completed and mentioned major bridges over rivers Dikrong, Subansiri, and Pagladiya. "The World Bank funded the Assam Resilient Rural Bridge Project. More than 1,000 bridges have been constructed. With the World Bank-funded Assam Resilient Rural Bridge Project, more than 1000 passengers have been taken up for construction, widening, and rehabilitation", he said.

A new project to be funded by the World Bank has been taken up by Dima Hasao for developing a disaster-resilient arterial road network in the district, he added. He also spoke on the emphasis on urban development by the current government. "The is a dual emphasis on new city development and modernizing existing ones in Guwahati. In Guwahati, they prioritised clean and sustainable transportation procuring 100 Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) buses and 200 air-conditioned electric buses”. 

He further said that the goal is to make Guwahati a "100 percent green public transportation system" by 2025. Two flyovers have also been completed in RG Baruah Road and AT Road and the Maligaon area of Guwahati city, he recalled.

To enhance blue green infrastructure to manage urban flood risk different measures have been initiated to preserve urban green cover and natural water systems, he added.

He also mentioned some new parks in the city such as the botanical garden in  Fancy Bazar. Like Guwahati, several parks have been constructed in various districts of the state like Golaghat, Tinisukia, Sonitpur, etc. Restoration and rejuvenation of water bodies like Silsako are also discussed.

"To enhance the prompt delivery of government service, the government has introduced the Sewa Setu portal which is a step up from the earlier Assam Right to Public Service Portal (ARTPS), encompassing 541 vital services from various departments, autonomous councils, and other citizen service services", Kataria further pointed out.

Referring to economic growth, the governor said that the growth with fiscal management led to over Rs. 1.20 lakh crores of budgetary expenditure in the financial year 2022-2023 and economy crossing Gross State Domestic Product of Rs. 5 lakh crores.

He confirmed that the state government is also planning to introduce a green budget and resilience budget since FY 2023-2024 to contribute to environmental sustainability. Rs. 11,000 crores of capital investment has already been registered in the first eight months. The current financial year rural infrastructure development fund allocation has crossed Rs.31,000 crores during the current year.

Out of this allocation, NABARD  has already provided sanctions against 475 projects so far amounting to Rs. 2788.11 crores.

The government of India has supported the state under externally aided projects and projects of around Rs.35,000 crores rupees are being used to develop infrastructure, he said, adding that the state’s fund allocation has gone from Rs 430 crores in 2020-2022 to Rs. 4300 crores last year. This year, the state has received more than Rs 3000 crores to support its schemes under capital head, Kataria stated.

The Governor added that Assam Infrastructure Financing Agency with support from NABARD under NIDA has taken up capital projects worth Rs. 6000 crores in different parts of the state covering various sectors. "For the growth of industries and to attract investment in the state, a new customized industrial policy has been designed for investors with an initial investment of Rs. 100 crores", he said.

"To improve the farming community, the government has supported Minimum Support Price ( MSP) for paddy farmers under the paddy procurement programme. The ongoing Kharif Marketing season targets the procurement of 7.04 lakh metric tonnes through 169 paddy procurement centres. Given Assam’s interest towards organic and natural farming, the government is advocating eco-friendly agricultural practices. Exports reached Rs. 1,185 crores from January to August 2023 showcasing growth in various commodities beyond traditional ones", added the Governor.

He further mentioned that in fishing, Assam ranks 4th as an inland fish production state and 12th in overall fish production nationwide. "In the veterinary sector, the government is particularly emphasizing piggery development recognising the potential of pig farming and allocating Rs. 6 crores for private sector farming in the current fiscal year."

Additionally, Rs. 4 crores have been allocated to make the state a self-reliant one in egg production. To boost the dairy sector with funding support from the North Eastern Council (NEC), a 10,000 litres per day milk processing plant is going to be established in Patacharkuchi, Bajali.

This meeting at Khanapara Veterinary Field was attended by the Chief Minister of Assam Dr Himanta Biswa Sarma.

A ceremonial function of the 75th Republic Day was also held at Assam Legislative Assembly, Dispur, Guwahati today on 26th January 2024 with great enthusiasm and celebration where the national flag was hoisted by the speaker of Assam Legislative Assembly Biswajit Daimary in the presence of the principal secretary of Assam Legislative Assembly Hemen Das and  Assam Police personnel.