Assam chief minister Sarbananda Sonowal in Dispur on Monday. Picture by Manash Das
Guwahati: Assam chief minister Sarbananda Sonowal on Monday claimed that the BJP-led government has succeeded in creating an industry-conducive atmosphere in the state, while countering the Opposition’s criticism in the Assembly.
Speaking during the motion of thanks on governor Jagdish Mukhi’s speech during the budget session, Sonowal said investment commitment by 121 companies worth Rs 79,000 crore during the recent global investors’ summit signified the changing atmosphere in the state.
“The summit has changed Assam’s image from being an area with law-and-order issues, floods and poverty to a region of opportunities. Our new policies focusing on specific sectors such as sugar, solar energy, textile, tourism and films and the single-window clearance system have catapulted Assam to third position in the ease of doing business index. It is because of the changing atmosphere, 35 business leaders came here in chartered flights to take part in the summit,” Sonowal said while stating that such initiatives were lacking during the Congress’s tenure in the state.
“For investment, a social atmosphere is needed and we have been able to create that atmosphere. Prime Minister Narendra Modi had converted the look east policy into act east policy to make the Northeast a region of business. More emphasis is now given to improve roads, railways, airways, waterways and IT communication and the Northeast has got an opportunity to connect with Southeast Asian countries and do business with the 800 million people in those countries. Bangladesh and Bhutan have opened their consulate offices and I have requested the ministry of external affairs to take steps so that other countries follow suit,” he said.
Sonowal also mentioned the government’s decision to extend Guwahati into a state capital region and plan to construct two 65-storied trade towers in the city.
The chief minister also claimed that law and order has improved in the state and steps have been taken to improve communication, healthcare and education of all communities in both Brahmaputra and Barak valleys.
SUMIR KARMAKAR Telegraph India