GUWAHATI, March 1 - �Our aim is to bring the administration closer to the people and usher in speedier development,� said Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi while laying the foundation stone for an Integrated Directorate Complex at Betkuchi here today, stated an official press release.
The Chief Minister said the new Integrated Directorate Complex would ease the problems of the people who come to Guwahati for official purposes. �As the directorate offices lie scattered in different parts of Guwahati, people find much difficulty in moving around. With the coming up of the five-star integrated directorate complex, people can get their work done without any hassles and that too under one roof,� he said.
He said the complex, the first of its kind in the country, conceived and designed on the lines of the Green Building concept, would speed up the process of development work. �The Secretariat frames policies, but the directorates execute the work. The integrated complex will hasten the process of development,� he said.
Recalling the days when government employees did not get salaries for months together, Gogoi said, �There was a time when development activities had come to a grinding halt. Employees had to go without salaries. Roads and bridges were in dilapidated conditions. The seat of power functioned from an Assam-type building which resembled an old tea warehouse. A sea change has taken place in the past 15 years.�
Thanking the people for the support and cooperation extended to the Government in the past 15 years, Gogoi said, �The tryst with development would not have been possible without the support and cooperation of the people.�
Gogoi said while Prime Minister Modi criticises the State government for doing nothing in the past 15 years on the one hand, he acknowledges the work it has done in different sectors on the other. �Assam has bagged the No.1 spot in infrastructure development. It has done exceedingly well in the power and other sectors. People of Assam know what work we have done in the past 15 years. And this acknowledgement counts more than anything else,� he added.
He said the State government would continue with the pro-poor schemes.
Addressing the gathering, PWD Minister Ajanta Neog said that the Rs 471-crore project would help redress the problems of the people by toning the capability and efficiency of the administration for effective delivery of services. Earlier, Chief Secretary VK Pipersenia, in his address, said the new complex to be built on the lines of the Green Building concept on a sprawling area of 15 lakh sq ft, would have air ducts for natural air to flow in and ventilation for natural light.