GUWAHATI, Jan 1 � Citing education, skill development and employment as the key areas to focus on in the New Year, Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi today said that a total of 68,000 vacant posts in various departments would be filled up within the year.
The Chief Minister who was addressing a press conference, said enhancing the youths� employability in the State would be a sustained endeavour, and among other things, training institutes would come up under the National Livelihood Mission.
Asserting that poverty would no longer be a constraint for poor meritorious students, Gogoi said that special schemes would be taken up for enabling them to pursue studies.
�There will also be a medical scheme for youths up to the age of 18 hailing from BPL families. Residential schools would be set up in the districts for facilitating studies for girl students from BPL families,� he said.
Development and governance, Gogoi said, would be another thrust area. �We will have deputy development commissioners in every district, as also mini secretariats. There will be special sanitation schemes for the poor,� he added.
Underscoring the need for making realistic assessments of the State�s natural as well as human resources, Gogoi said that the State would soon be having a water management authority in addition to the proposed Central Brahmaputra water management body. �Preservation of the natural environment will be another area of sustained focus,� he added.
Housing for the poor would receive a boost with the Government planning to construct one lakh additional dwelling houses for those poor people not falling under the Indira Awas Yojana.
Admitting that the year gone by had posed serious challenges before the Government in the form of militancy, ethnic unrest and recurring floods, the Chief Minister said that it was a wake-up call and that the Government was committed to putting the State on the fast-track growth path in the new year.
�We have many challenges ahead�the year 2014 was a wake-up call for us. We will ensure that the development process and governance takes root in the State,� he said.
Replying a question, the Chief Minister said that the Congress would get a majority in the forthcoming Assembly polls in 2016.
On industrialization, Gogoi said that the Government would encourage small and medium industries having potential for large-scale employment generation.