GUWAHATI, Jan 19 - Finance Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma today said that frequent bandhs, hartals and other agitations make a negative impact on the investment climate of the State.
Addressing a press conference here to announce notification of the Assam Industries (Tax Reimbursement for Eligible Units) Scheme, 2017, Sarma said that the forthcoming Global Investors� Summit is an attempt by the State government to showcase Assam before the world and attract investments.
He said that delegations from various countries, including Japan, South Korea, Singapore, UK and USA have confirmed participation and some major MoUs are expected to be signed during the two-day event.
�Many companies will come with big investments. The government can try to create a situation where companies will be willing to come and invest in the State. But people will have to accept it. If daily bandhs, dharnas and hartals continue, then problems crop up,� said Sarma.
Asked why the government does not crack the whip on organisations which call bandhs, Sarma said there are occasions when people resort to the path of agitation for genuine reasons.
However, he added that such types of activities create serious problems for the investment climate and for the industrial prospects of Assam if resorted to frequently.