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Gogoi for Central package

By Staff Reporter

GUWAHATI, Nov 19 � Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi today advocated a Central development package for backward pockets of the State � especially the border areas � on the lines of projects being implemented in Naxalite-affected areas of the country.

Addressing a press conference, Gogoi said that the border areas lacked abysmally in infrastructure and were breeding grounds of insurgency. �Assam shares several inter-State and international borders, and I feel the Centre should come forward with development packages for these backward areas,� Gogoi said.

The Chief Minister who was back from a meeting with the Prime Minister in New Delhi said that he apprised the latter with the developmental needs of the State, particularly those concerning infrastructure and employment generation.

�Our thrust all along has been on strengthening the rural economy through development of agriculture and local raw material-based small-scale industries where the rural populace can find direct gainful engagement,� he said, adding that the Prime Minister had assured him of a meeting with Planning Commission for discussing the State�s developmental needs.

Stressing the need for skill upgrade and technological innovation, Gogoi said that the flooding of wide-ranging cheap products from China was a threat to local industries and it had to be countered by investing in low-cost technologies.

�We have heard that China will be making available bricks at Rs 3 a piece�we need to counter it through utilization of appropriate technologies and skill development,� he said.

Citing erosion by the Brahmaputra as a major problem, Gogoi said that together with checking erosion adequate thought must be given on rehabilitation of the affected people.

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Gogoi for Central package

GUWAHATI, Nov 19 � Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi today advocated a Central development package for backward pockets of the State � especially the border areas � on the lines of projects being implemented in Naxalite-affected areas of the country.

Addressing a press conference, Gogoi said that the border areas lacked abysmally in infrastructure and were breeding grounds of insurgency. �Assam shares several inter-State and international borders, and I feel the Centre should come forward with development packages for these backward areas,� Gogoi said.

The Chief Minister who was back from a meeting with the Prime Minister in New Delhi said that he apprised the latter with the developmental needs of the State, particularly those concerning infrastructure and employment generation.

�Our thrust all along has been on strengthening the rural economy through development of agriculture and local raw material-based small-scale industries where the rural populace can find direct gainful engagement,� he said, adding that the Prime Minister had assured him of a meeting with Planning Commission for discussing the State�s developmental needs.

Stressing the need for skill upgrade and technological innovation, Gogoi said that the flooding of wide-ranging cheap products from China was a threat to local industries and it had to be countered by investing in low-cost technologies.

�We have heard that China will be making available bricks at Rs 3 a piece�we need to counter it through utilization of appropriate technologies and skill development,� he said.

Citing erosion by the Brahmaputra as a major problem, Gogoi said that together with checking erosion adequate thought must be given on rehabilitation of the affected people.