NEW DELHI, Jan 5 � Ahead of the Assembly election, Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi today urged the Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to ensure stabilization of prices of essential commodities by streamlining the supply mechanism.
With an eye on the ensuing Assembly election, Gogoi sought to iron out the teething problems faced by the State Government.
The Chief Minister also urged the Prime Minister to declare the Dhubri-Phulbari road as a National Highway.
Gogoi also brought to the notice of the Prime Minister the shortage of food items being faced in the State since the last four months. The State received 67 rakes of rice and 44 rakes of wheat during November-December, which was not enough to meet the demand of those items in the State, he said. Elaborating further, the Chief Minister said that the rate of loading railway rakes was less than two per day, and as such urged the Prime Minister to increase the rate of loading of rakes to at least five per day for at least one month to meet the shortfall of those food items.
The Chief Minister also briefed Singh about the on-going peace talks with the ULFA and NDFB.
He said that the NDFB anti-talk faction had shown willingness to seat for a peace dialogue soon after the arrest of its 'chairman' Ranjan Daimary. He added that the groundwork in this regard has already been done. He asked the Prime Minister to ensure dismantling of camps belonging to the anti-talk faction of the NDFB in the neighbouring country so as to force the return of the cadres to the negotiation table. He said that dismantling of camps in foreign countries "requires to be settled".
Meanwhile, the State Government has submitted a proposal for the construction of the two-lane Dhubri to Phulbari (in Meghalaya) road at an estimated cost of Rs 1,763 crore. The project involves construction of a bridge across the Brahmaputra.
Moreover, the Chief Minister invited the Prime Minister to lay the foundation stone of the Dhola-Sadia Bridge.
It may be mentioned that the Chief Minister had also called on Petrol and Natural Gas Minister Murli Deora.