GUWAHATI, June 8 � Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi today made it clear that the cases of those Hindu and Buddhist people who came to the State from Bangladesh following persecution there, would be considered by the State Government sympathetically. These people were citizens of undivided India and they have now fled to Assam in the face of persecution there he said. The Chief Minister was replying to the debate on the Governor's address.
Assuring that the State government would ensure development of the farmers, he said that right from the development of the children, the Government would concentrate on the development of all sections of the people, including the minorities.
The government is keen to resolve the issues connected with the 'D' voters and preparation of the National Register of Citizens (NRC). The issues relating to development, health care system, education, unemployment, etc, are also on the list of government�s priorities.
However, he said, resolving all these issues within a specific time-frame is a tough task to be accomplished. Even the developed countries have been facing problems in resolving the issues like unemployment, he added.
The State government has also attached priority to find a solution to the problem of erosion and reclaiming the eroded land from the rivers like the Brahmaputra. In this era of science and technology, there is no reason as to why the State would not be able to reclaim the land it has lost to the rivers, he said.
The State needs to recover this land mass as it requires land for the settlement of its growing population. The State government has initiated steps to ensure development of all parts of the State evenly and it is trying to mobilize the support even from the foreign countries to ensure all round development of the State.
The Chief Minister also laid stress on the development of farmers' skill through block level training centres, saying, farmers' development would pave the way for industrial development of the State.
Informing the House that the State government has already completed replacement of 1,600 of the 3,000 timber bridges with the RCC ones, the Chief Minister said that the process of replacement of the remaining 1,400 timber bridges is also going on.
A good number of new roads have been built in various parts of the State and even the char (riverine) areas have now been provided with some new roads, he said, adding, the government is also contemplating measures to prevent road mishaps.
However, the government is confronting problems like existence of a huge number of illiterate people, resource constraints, etc. Its limited resources have made the State government go for loans, he said and asserted that the State government is not shielding corrupt persons, said the Chief Minister.
This has been proved by the fact that the State government has handed over 10 corruption cases to the CBI. But some quarters, without moving the appropriate authorities for proper actions in connection with such cases, have been holding the State government responsible for them (the cases), he said.
The Opposition All India United Democratic Front (AIUDF) and the Asom Gana Parishad (AGP) withdrew their amendments to the proposal mooted by Congress' Abdul Muhib Mazumdar offering thanks to the Governor for his address, following the reply of the Chief Minister and thus the motion was passed unanimously.