GUWAHATI, Feb 15 - Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal today requested the weavers of Assam to weave clothes to capture the markets of 13 nations – 10 of South East Asia and Bhutan, Bangladesh and Nepal – and said that the government was always there to play the role of catalyst.
Inaugurating the second Weavers’ Convention, 2019 at Amingaon in Kamrup district, Sonowal said Assam’s weavers who are famous for weaving dreams on their looms should explore and capitalise the markets of these 13 countries inhabited by 80,000 crore consumers.
Lauding the creativity of Assamese weavers and the high demand for their products, Sonowal said that if the weavers produce cloth using latest technology, they can create high demand throughout these South East Asian countries.
The Chief Minister said that decades of neglect by previous governments put Assam’s development in a slumber, the BJP-led Union government of Narendra Modi has added new dimensions to the growth of the State.
He said that the Advantage Assam: Global Investors’ Summit that was held in Assam last year witnessed investment proposals of Rs 79,000 crore. In view of the investor-friendly environment created in the State by the new government, a total of Rs 50,000 crore has already been invested.
Sonowal also said that ever since the BJP-led government came to power in the State, his government was trying its best to provide social security, dignity and economic empowerment to the people of Assam.
He said that carrying forward the commitment towards economic and social empowerment of all people, the government has launched schemes like Kanaklata Mahila Sabalikaran Achoni, Swahid Kushal Konwar Sarbajanin Briddha Pension Scheme, Atal Amrit Yojana, Deendayal Divyangjan Pension Achoni, Chief Minister Samagra Grammya Unnayan Yojana, etc.
Assam has a rich legacy of great women personalities like Sati Radhika, Sati Sadhini and Kanaklata Baruah, who enriched the social fabric of the State, and the Chief Minister urged the weavers to emulate them so that Assam can create a niche in the global handloom and sericulture market.
Sonowal also said that the weavers should weave superior quality gamosas to beat the demand of other such products from outside the State.
The Chief Minister handed over awards to 16 weavers for showing excellence in their field.
Earlier, Sonowal also paid floral tributes in the memory of the CRPF jawans who were killed in Jammu and Kashmir on Thursday. The meeting observed one minute’s silence in their memory.