GUWAHATI, April 4 - Director General of the Confederation of Indian Industries (CII), Chandrajit Banerjee, and CII president Dr Naushad Forbes today called on the Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal at the Brahmaputra State Guest House here today and discussed issues related to bringing investment and generating employment in the State.
The Chief Minister urged the CII representatives to help the State Government set up skill training centres to impart training in construction works to the youths so that quality contractors can be produced in the State.
He said it is due to the lack of quality construction firms that the State�s roads and bridges do not last long and hence quality contractors are a must for building better infrastructure in the State.
Saying that in order to fulfil Prime Minister Narendra Modi�s dream of developing the Northeast as an organic hub, the State Government is striving to encourage cultivators to adopt organic farming in a big way and he requested the CII representatives to extend their know-how in this regard.
Stating that �efficiency of expenditure� is something that needs to be learnt by the government agencies for efficiently utilising the Central funds for speedy development of the State, Sonowal urged CII to extend help through sharing of knowledge and experience in this regard.
Reiterating that there is a dearth of quality drivers in the State as per a report of the Central Surface Transport Department, the Chief Minister said that the State Government is on its way to set up driving training centres in all districts of the State and urged CII to extend cooperation in imparting driving skills to the youths of Assam.
The CII representatives assured that their experience in running Food and Agricultural Centres of Excellence in different parts of the country, where they carry out fruit processing, would be utilised for setting up such a centre in the State.
The CII Director General apprised Sonowal that CII�s expertise in building �green houses� could be utilised in constructing eco-friendly houses in Assam that would reduce the burden on the ecosystem and bring green construction technologies to the State.
The CII bosses further informed Sonowal that through their influence and network, they would make efforts to bring big investors to the State, both from within the country and abroad, so that the trade and industry sector flourishes in Assam.