PM assures wholehearted support for all round development of Assam, NE

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Sonowal seeks Modi’s intervention for early finish of ATH

HT Bureau

New Delhi/GUWAHATI, June 12: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday assured wholehearted support to the people of Assam and the Northeastern region to achieve all-round development and growth.

This was conveyed to Assam chief minister Sarbananda Sonowal by the Prime Minister when the chief minister called on Modi at the national capital to extend his greetings for the BJP-led NDA’s second consecutive victory in the Lok Sabha polls.

Sonowal sought the intervention of Modi for the early completion of Asian Trilateral Highway (ATH).

“The Prime Minister assured full cooperation for the all round development of Assam and the Northeast. He has assured that the central government will do the needful for the speedy growth of the people of the region,” Sonowal told a news agency after his meeting with Modi.

The chief minister said he has discussed with the prime minister various development projects currently being undertaken in Assam and apprised him about the steps being taken by the state government for its timely completion.

Sonowal said during the first term of the Modi government, Assam and the Northeast region have seen tremendous development, which included building several major bridges, construction of national highways and expansion of railway networks.

“I am sure, in the second term of the Modi government, Assam and the Northeast will see more development projects being implemented,” he said.

The BJP won nine of the 14 Lok Sabha seats in Assam.

Sonowal also handed over a memorandum to Modi urging the Central Government seeking revival of flood management programme.

Sonowal said that the flood management programme (FMP) was an important source of funding for taking up flood and erosion management work in the State.

Sonowal also made it clear that Assam is one of the most disaster-prone states in India. Apart from flood being a major problem, river bank erosion also poses serious damage to the socio-economic scenario of the State.

Sonowal also sought Prime Minister’s support in expeditious approval of multiple Externally Aided Project (EAP) proposals worth over Rs 20,000 crore in key sectors such as urban development, fisheries, roads/bridges, tourism, healthcare, power, water resources.

With regard to North East Industrial Development Scheme (NEIDS) 2017, Sonowal requested the Prime Minister to impress upon the concerned ministry to make it more attractive to the industries with larger investments (Rs 10 crore and above).

He also stated that MSME sectors will flourish only if larger investments come into the State. He also said that the cap of the Central Capital Investment Incentive under NEIDS 2017 may be enhanced to at least Rs 50 crore in order to attract mega industries.

The chief minister observed that with the path-breaking Act East Policy, the BJP-led NDA Government has repositioned the North East region as the country’s expressway to the ASEAN.

In order to take full advantage of this initiative and to ensure that the North East becomes the “new engine” of India’s growth, Sonowal sought urgent intervention of the Prime Minister for early completion of Asian Trilateral Highway (ATH) from Mae Sot in Thailand via Myanmar up to Moreh in Manipur which would go a long way in restoration trade links of the North East with ASEAN.

He also drew the attention of the Prime Minister for his intervention for the revival of two units Nagaon Paper Mill, Jagiroad and Cachar Paper Mill, Silchar of Hindustan Paper Corporation (HPC) in Assam.

Thanking Prime Minister Modi for Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana (Grameen) which has revolutionized housing for the underprivileged, Sonowal also sought his help for inclusion of the left-out beneficiaries in the Permanent Waiting List of PMAY-G.

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