GUWAHATI, March 6 � Development holds the key to restoration of law and order. It also keeps the unity among the people intact and generates employment opportunities. This realisation has made the present State Government underscore the need for initiating development in the State. And, this has paid off, said Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi in the State Assembly here today while replying to the debate on the Governor�s address.
The State Government has performed well in various areas such as health care, education, community development etc, during the past ten years. The �rudderless boat of the present State Government� is steadily advancing in the right direction, he said with sarcasm, countering the criticism of the Opposition camp.
The stress of the Government on development has made Assam surge ahead on to progress despite so many large insurgent groups remaining active in the State, he asserted emphatically. But, in the same breath, he attributed this positive development to the people of the State, particularly the common people of the rural areas.
Formation of the panchayat bodies and the developmental activities they have initiated have brought about this turn around in the situation, he said, adding, militants have lost sympathy of the people and hence they are not likely to be successful in their campaign.
The State Government has also laid stress on education, as, it holds the key to development and solution to the problems facing the State�s people, he said, explaining the conviction of the Government he is leading. He further added that the Central grants for education sector of the State have gone up considerably. The State Government is trying also to improve the quality of education.
Under this Government, condition of the roads and hospitals has improved. The agricultural production of the State was the highest this year. It has also recorded improvement in the horticulture and fisheries sectors, he said.
The Government is now trying to eradicate middlemen to ensure remunerative prices to the farmers for their products. For the purpose, it is going in for formation of growers� societies. It is also laying stress on the development of the cooperative sector to compensate the dearth of investors.
The State is also laying stress on development of the small, medium and cottage industry sectors, since there is little scope for big investors coming to the State as the State cannot offer big plots of land to them.
Simultaneously, the State Government is emphasizing on the need to uplift the rural economy through development of agro-based economy.
Moreover, the State Government is keen on reclaiming the land lost to the rivers due to erosion. Erosion has emerged as a big problem for the State making a large chunk of its tribal and minority population the victim. The State Government is planning to bring an end to their miseries, said the Chief Minister.
He reiterated his Government�s commitment to provide protection to the genuine Indian citizens while updating the National Register of Citizens (NRC) and accused the Election Commission of creating the problem of �D� voters.
Besides, the Chief Minister also reiterated the support of his Government towards the Lower Subansiri Hydroelectric Power Project saying that none of the experts has suggested abandonment of the project.