GUWAHATI, Aug 16 � Delivering his speech on the occasion of the 66th Independence Day of the country, Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi asserted that the Government is committed to bring in peace and harmony in the trouble-torn districts of BTAD and appealed to the people of the State, irrespective of caste, creed and religion, to shun violence and work for peace among different communities.
Addressing the gathering at the Khanapara Veterinary playground after hoisting the tricolor on Wednesday, the Chief Minister said that the Government has taken all possible steps to restore peace and ensure safety and security to the people.
�The process of providing relief and rehabilitation to the affected people is going on a war footing. No stone has been left unturned to bring back peace,� Gogoi said, assuring that the perpetrators of crime would be dealt with an iron hand.
Gogoi, in his I-Day speech, also mentioned that the basic goal of the Congress Government is to provide better facilities to the common man, especially in regard to health, education, shelter and food.
�It is the result of our multi-faceted approach towards socio-economic development that a number of militant organisations have joined the mainstream. Today, everyone has realised the futility of violence. The divisive forces can be dealt only with development activities,� Gogoi said.
�The economic position of Assam has improved a lot in the last ten years. The growth rate has been impressive too. In fact, in the last ten years no overdraft was sought from the Reserve Bank of India by the State, which makes the steady economic progress evident,� Gogoi said. Gogoi also said that the Government is also committed to effective implementation of Assam Accord and at the same time the process of detection and deportation of foreign nationals is also being undertaken. He also said that fencing along the Indo-Bangla border will also be over soon and the works on the National Register of Citizens update and photo electoral roll have already started.
On the problem of flood and soil erosion, he said that a rehabilitation authority is looking into the issue of people displaced owing to erosion in the State and a corpus fund has also been proposed in this regard. Besides, Gogoi also stressed that the Government has streamlined the functioning of the Public Distribution System and the authority concerned have been asked to keep a tab on the rise of the prices of essential commodities on a daily basis.
The Chief Minister also gave a detailed account of the plans and achievements in various
sectors including Health, Education, Power and Industry, Forest and Environment and Sports among others.