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CM forms 3-member panel on State’s economy
Staff Reporter

 GUWAHATI, June 1 - The Advisory Committee for revitalization of economy of Assam in the backdrop of the situation arising out of COVID-19 pandemic and consequent lockdown submitted its report to Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal at Brahmaputra State Guest House here today.

The Chief Minister announced constitution of a three-member ministerial committee under the chairmanship of Finance Minister Dr Himanta Biswa Sarma to study the recommendations of the report and suggest broad roadmap for their implementation. Industry Minister Chandra Mohan Patowary and Agriculture Minister Atul Bora will be its members.

The Advisory Committee with seven members, headed by retired IAS officer Subash Chandra Das, assessed the macro-economic and socio-economic impact as well as sector specific impact of COVID-19. The committee after detailed study of the prevailing situation of the State submitted its report.

The committee considering all aspects of different sectors of the State which have borne the brunt of the pandemic.

Taking into account of the views, suggestions and inputs from the government departments, members of the public and organisations has formulated two sets of recommendations namely short term and medium/long term recommendations. The committee made the sector specific recommendations on agriculture and allied sector, industries, trade and commerce, transport, tourism and hospitality, construction sector, employment including migrant labours. The recommendations also addressed concern of the staffs of small business, shops and establishments, trade and transport sector, workers and artistes in mobile theatre, film production, caterers, event managers etc.

The committee observed that as the economy needs to be made fully functional gradually, standard operating protocols, rules and guidelines need to be made for the sectors which are still closed with special emphasis on the opening of tourism and hospitality industry including hotels, restaurants with other personal care services and industries.

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