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Gogoi critical of Union Ministers� visits

By Staff Reporter

GUWAHATI, June 27 � Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi today said that frequent visits by Union Ministers to Assam will not benefit the State unless the Centre releases adequate fund for the State�s development.

He maintained that the Central government�s step-motherly attitude will deprive the youths of the region of employment opportunities.

�It seems that the visiting Union Ministers, instead of extending a helping hand to the State, are more interested in destabilising the democratically elected State government,� Gogoi said.

According to an official press release, the Chief Minister said that the frequent visits by Central Ministers to Assam constitute a new trait never witnessed earlier in the post-Independence era. But the State has not benefited from their visits, as they are paying lip service only.

The Central government has turned its back on the existing schemes and programmes. Moreover, Assam and other north-eastern states are also hit by the cuts in financial assistance from the Centre.

The Chief Minister also said that the Centre has even denied the Special Category Status to Assam and other NE states. These actions of the Centre will slow down the economic progress of the State, and in turn adversely affect the poor and downtrodden people of Assam and the region as a whole, Gogoi said.

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Gogoi critical of Union Ministers� visits

GUWAHATI, June 27 � Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi today said that frequent visits by Union Ministers to Assam will not benefit the State unless the Centre releases adequate fund for the State�s development.

He maintained that the Central government�s step-motherly attitude will deprive the youths of the region of employment opportunities.

�It seems that the visiting Union Ministers, instead of extending a helping hand to the State, are more interested in destabilising the democratically elected State government,� Gogoi said.

According to an official press release, the Chief Minister said that the frequent visits by Central Ministers to Assam constitute a new trait never witnessed earlier in the post-Independence era. But the State has not benefited from their visits, as they are paying lip service only.

The Central government has turned its back on the existing schemes and programmes. Moreover, Assam and other north-eastern states are also hit by the cuts in financial assistance from the Centre.

The Chief Minister also said that the Centre has even denied the Special Category Status to Assam and other NE states. These actions of the Centre will slow down the economic progress of the State, and in turn adversely affect the poor and downtrodden people of Assam and the region as a whole, Gogoi said.