GUWAHATI, March 12 � Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi today announced a host of new schemes and programmes to be implemented in the next financial year and said that a special package of Rs 100 crore would be provided for all round development of flood-ravaged Dhemaji district.
In his budget speech in the State Assembly, Gogoi said that he had announced 39 schemes to be implemented at a cost of Rs 5,000 crore in the next five years on January 1 this year and in the next year�s budget, Rs 1000 crore has been earmarked for the same.
In addition to those schemes, Gogoi today announced a host of new schemes including institution of awards in memory of Dr Robin Banerjee and Sati Joymati, financial assistance of Rs 20 lakh for development of Sukapha Nagar, setting up of Mahatma Gandhi Skill Development Training Centre at a cost of Rs 3000 crore, steps to increase number of seats in the village health service course, installation of statue of Hari Narayan Baruah, the founder of Village Defence Organization, setting up of a mini Assam at Sonapur at a cost of Rs 100 crore to attract tourists, golf course at Chandrapur-Sonapur area, setting up of a tribal centre at Sonapur, allotment of land for United Nations Research Centre, setting up of a trust for welfare of artists with a corpus fund of Rs two crore,
institution of district-level awards for artists, setting up of a research centre for preservation of cultural heritage of the indigenous people, financial assistance of Rs 10 lakh for Guwahati Children Trust School etc.
The Chief Minister said that the Government would introduce a health insurance scheme for the state employees. He said that statues of Chaolung Siu-ka-pha would be installed in Guwahati and Delhi, while, the Centre would be pressurized to declare tea as a National Drink.
The Government will provide Rs 60 lakh for completion of the Harikrishna Hemoprova Deviprova memorial polyclinic and steps to organize exposure tours for the teachers would be taken up. Rewards and commendation letters will be given to teachers on the basis of their performance and computers will be provided to students securing 50 per cent marks in HSLC and High Madrassa examinations. A children's museum named after Rajiv Gandhi will also be set up.
Gogoi said that a Forest Development Corporation would be set up in the State and steps would be taken to generate energy for the State Secretariat from solar power. A financial assistance of Rs 10 lakh will be provided to the Srimanta Sankardev Sanskriti Samaj for a cultural project at Puri.
The State Government will construct two befitting memorials for Dr Bhupen Hazarika and Dr Mamoni Raisom Goswami and take steps for preserving the works of Dr Birendra Kumar Bhattacharyya and folk singer Pratima Pandey Baruah.
Lay stress on improvement of the education sector, Gogoi said that in the next year's budget, an amount of Rs 893.84 crore would be provided for education and an Institute of Management would be set up in the State in PPP mode. He said that an amount of Rs 1000 crore would be spent in five years to improve the standard of higher education and Rs 80.50 crore has been earmarked for the next financial year. He revealed that a rejuvenation plan for the Gauhati and Dibrugarh universities would be drawn up next year and the universities have been asked to submit timebound schemes. He also announced that the Government would be able to appoint 28000 new school teachers before the ensuing Bohag Bihu festival.
Giving an account of the schemes taken for development of agriculture, Gogoi said that a horticulture college would be set up in Nalbari district and five new schemes would be launched soon.