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Mixed reactions to Budget in Barak Valley
 SILCHAR, Feb 8 - Even as the Congress leaders of Cachar district were seemingly uninterested in the announcements by the Finance Minister Dr Himanta Biswa Sarma in the State budget tabled on Tuesday, Susmita Dev, the Silchar MP has said that the budget promises should not be like that of the bullet train dream of the Prime Minister.

Sharing her views with this correspondent on the announcement of setting up a mini secretariat in Barak Valley, Susmita Dev said “this was the dream of former Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi and the Congress Government. I am happy that the Finance Minister has categorically mentioned about it. This is will be a major development for Barak Valley which is geographically detached from the rest of Assam.” She was quick to add that the government must also make efforts to fulfill the items mentioned in the special package for Barak Valley announced by the former government.

Meanwhile, the BJP leaders have expressed joy over the list of issues mentioned by the Finance Minister for Barak Valley including a much needed flyover from Rangirkhari to Silchar Railway station via Premtola, planetarium at Silchar and inclusion of the city in the Prime Minister Avas Yojna.

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