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Govt committed to make Barak Valley economically empowered: Sonowal

Chief Minister Sarbananda at a function in Silchar on Wednesday. – UB Photos
 SILCHAR, Oct 11 - Chief Minister Sarbannada Sonowal on Wednesday said that the ensuing festival of Namami Barak will lay the foundation of the economic development of Barak Valley.

In his visit to the valley to review the preparatory measures ahead of the three-day festival starting from November 18, Chief Minister said, “We must make Barak Valley economically empowered. The valley has the potential to become an international venue for trade and commerce and culture and the government is committed to pump in all facilities towards the mission Act East policy as envisioned by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The forthcoming Namami Barak festival will open new vistas for the valley and the state at large.”

The Chief Minister informed that President Ramnath Kovind is expected to attend the concluding ceremony of the mega occasion.

In reply to a question on the worsening of roads across Barak Valley, Sonowal took a jibe at the ‘undone’ works of the Congress saying that the BJP-led government will accomplish the road work left abandoned by the Congress former government.

“The government is aware of the dilapidated roads and all concerned ministers and officials of PWD, Forest have been briefed the specific tasks. The contractors giving excellent results improving the roads ahead will be duly awarded,” the Chief Minister informed.

The chief minister further said that development was plagued in Barak Valley due the rampant corruption during Congress regime.

Addressing the audience after inaugurating the Prime Minister Ujjawala Yojana in Cachar district at the Town Club field, Sonowal said, “Along with the overall progress, the BJP-led government is committed towards development of Barak Valley which was plagued owing to instances of corruption which went beyond measure during the tenure of the former government. The Ujjawala Yojana is a blatant example that we would not tolerate any instance of corruption at any cost.”

Further hitting out at the Congress, the chief minister said that the government which has completed only a year and a half has taken up the mission to accomplish the mammoth task of laying 395 km of roads in Barak Valley and the PWD minister is making best efforts to achieve the target.

“In the past 60 years, Congress could complete only 340 km of road whereas in just a year’s time we are forging ahead to achieve 395 km of roadway in Barak Valley.”

Moreover, the chief minister said that the government is aware of the legitimate demands from the people of Barak Valley including the establishment of Medical College in Karimganj. Also, Rs 200 crore has been allocated in the budget for making Silchar one of the beautiful cities in the nation.

“The forthcoming Namami Barak festival will enable the river to become one of the important river links with the south-east Asian nations enhancing the trade opportunities. I urge upon the people to keep a close vigil on the development activities and suggest better measures to the government,” the chief minister maintained.

However, the chief minister looked little disappointed with the erratic power cuts while he was on standing on the podium to deliver his speech.

Meanwhile, as many as 20 persons belonging to the BPL families were ceremonially handed over LPG gas services by the chief minister on the occasion. According to Dipankar Ray, the Executive Director of Indian Oil Corporation, Assam Division, the Ujjawala Yojana is made available to the people belonging to the poor strata by the government. There are 2.5 lakh LPG connections to be made in Cachar district and other 1.30lakh households are to be reached in another 1.5 years time. The existing bottling plant at Borkhola will be enhanced to maximize the availability of LPG cylinders, Ray informed.

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