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Gogoi Govt corrupt, inefficient: AGP

By Staff reporter

GUWAHATI, May 22 � On the eve of completion of four years of governance, the Tarun Gogoi-led government drew flak from Asom Gana Parishad, which described it as incompetent, inefficient and corrupt, more intent on �advertisements and cheap publicity than in real development of the State�.

The main Opposition party of the State asserted that in all the major issues, the present government had been unable to achieve anything substantial and what it claimed to have achieved was actually the legacy of the previous governments.

At a press meet held at its Ambari headquarters, party president Chandra Mohan Patowary pointed out that what the Congress-led government had been able to do was a far cry from its election manifesto. According to him, had the government been successful, there would not have been 22 lakh unemployed men and women in the State. The problem of unemployment had worsened due to the failure of the government to open up any new employment opportunities, including setting up of industries.

�Today, Assam fares poorly on most development parameters such as the human development index. This proves that the State has inadequate facilities in vital areas like health, education and even drinking water�, Patowary asserted.

Once a State where the per capita income was higher than the national average, it had failed to keep up with the per capita income of smaller states such as Haryana, he noted. The per capita income in Assam today stood at Rs 24,000 while in Haryana it had reached over Rs 1 lakh, he added.

In his view, the festering problems of the State have been left unaddressed by the present government whether it is flood, construction of mega dams in Arunachal Pradesh, or extremism.

�More than a hundred dams are being constructed in regions, which could affect the low lying areas in Assam. Yet the Assam Government has been unable to do anything, just because it is in collusion with businessmen who have a stake in the construction of dams�, Patowary claimed.

The AGP chief was specific when he lambasted the State Government�s work vis-�-vis the National Rural Employment Guarantee Programme, saying large-scale corruption had destroyed the actual intent of the ambitious plan. Of the 35 lakh job cards which were issued in Assam, only two per cent people had got 100 days of work. �Where has the money gone?� he asked.

The Gogoi-led government attracted further criticism for its role in the peace process. �It is only ahead of elections that the Congress brings up the issue�later its position and that of the Union Government emerges as contradictory,� Patowary observed.

Drawing the media�s attention to the problems faced in the State�s borders, the senior politician said that not only was the border with Bangladesh porous, the State also had little control over its areas bordering other Northeastern states, the most glaring instance of which was the recent incidents in Langpih where Meghalaya has made its presence felt.

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Gogoi Govt corrupt, inefficient: AGP

GUWAHATI, May 22 � On the eve of completion of four years of governance, the Tarun Gogoi-led government drew flak from Asom Gana Parishad, which described it as incompetent, inefficient and corrupt, more intent on �advertisements and cheap publicity than in real development of the State�.

The main Opposition party of the State asserted that in all the major issues, the present government had been unable to achieve anything substantial and what it claimed to have achieved was actually the legacy of the previous governments.

At a press meet held at its Ambari headquarters, party president Chandra Mohan Patowary pointed out that what the Congress-led government had been able to do was a far cry from its election manifesto. According to him, had the government been successful, there would not have been 22 lakh unemployed men and women in the State. The problem of unemployment had worsened due to the failure of the government to open up any new employment opportunities, including setting up of industries.

�Today, Assam fares poorly on most development parameters such as the human development index. This proves that the State has inadequate facilities in vital areas like health, education and even drinking water�, Patowary asserted.

Once a State where the per capita income was higher than the national average, it had failed to keep up with the per capita income of smaller states such as Haryana, he noted. The per capita income in Assam today stood at Rs 24,000 while in Haryana it had reached over Rs 1 lakh, he added.

In his view, the festering problems of the State have been left unaddressed by the present government whether it is flood, construction of mega dams in Arunachal Pradesh, or extremism.

�More than a hundred dams are being constructed in regions, which could affect the low lying areas in Assam. Yet the Assam Government has been unable to do anything, just because it is in collusion with businessmen who have a stake in the construction of dams�, Patowary claimed.

The AGP chief was specific when he lambasted the State Government�s work vis-�-vis the National Rural Employment Guarantee Programme, saying large-scale corruption had destroyed the actual intent of the ambitious plan. Of the 35 lakh job cards which were issued in Assam, only two per cent people had got 100 days of work. �Where has the money gone?� he asked.

The Gogoi-led government attracted further criticism for its role in the peace process. �It is only ahead of elections that the Congress brings up the issue�later its position and that of the Union Government emerges as contradictory,� Patowary observed.

Drawing the media�s attention to the problems faced in the State�s borders, the senior politician said that not only was the border with Bangladesh porous, the State also had little control over its areas bordering other Northeastern states, the most glaring instance of which was the recent incidents in Langpih where Meghalaya has made its presence felt.