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Mandate has brought new challenges for Govt: FASS

By Staff Reporter

GUWAHATI, May 28 � Voluntary organisation Friends of Assam and Seven Sisters (FASS) has congratulated Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi for winning the mandate of the people to rule the State for a historic third term.

However, the voluntary organisation in a statement issued from its Houston international headquarters and signed by its international chairman Rajen Barua, has said, the mandate needs to be taken in its proper spirit. While it has opened new opportunities, the mandate has also brought new challenges for the State Government with added responsibilities for the Chief Minister to take a stronger leadership role for the overall progress of the State.

After decades of political and socio-economic turmoil, the State, which was seized by insurgency, is now finally ready to march forward towards peace and progress. Much of the credit for this must be given to the Chief Minister himself. He now needs to take the necessary steps to complete the peace process by having the right dialogue, listening to legitimate grievances and wishes of the people and close that dark chapter for ever, says the FASS.

Moreover, there is the need to take firm steps for eradicating corruption from public life. The administration should be transparent giving due honour to RTI in the true spirit of democracy, he said.

Some of the complex bureaucratic processes can and need to be simplified in the interest of progress. Implementation of the Rule of Law in its true spirit at all levels is another area that needs to be addressed firmly so that law and order can prevail.

Improvement in the road communication infrastructure of the State is another area that needs keen attention. Improvements in this area will make Assam a more inhabitable place and help attracting the much-needed outside investors and scholars for prosperity and glory of the State.

Poverty eradication, however, holds the key to the resolution of many a problem facing the State today. Assam needs more social programmes to eradicate poverty from the bottom level. This can be achieved only by removing corruption and implementing the rule of the law, said the voluntary organisation.

It has made an appeal to the Chief Minister to demonstrate the right zeal for accelerating rural development in all spheres.

On the other hand, it said, supply of clean drinking water and implementation of modernised urban drainage, a well-trained work force, education, health care and employment with special attention to utilise the demographic riches of the State are the other areas of importance for the development of the State.

At the same time, the issue of illegal immigration cannot be swept under the carpet. A workable definition of �Assamese� must be hammered out and the NRC must be upgraded to safeguard the interest and sustenance of the indigenous people.

On the role of the overseas Assamese, the FASS said that there are many areas where they can extend their help and cooperation. The control of the Brahmaputra flood and erosion and saving the famous river island Majuli are some such areas where some of the overseas engineers are actively engaged in finding and implementing a solution.

�We would appreciate the new ministry�s help and cooperation in utilisation of such technical resources. There are other areas such as production of hydrocarbon of the region with newer advanced technologies where competent overseas Assamese expertise is available. They can also provide proper engineering wisdom for or against building big dams in high earthquake prone regions like the NE,� it said.

Providing innovative ideas for small-scale entrepreneurship to the youths of Assam is one area of interest where overseas Assamese can help. Tourism is yet another area where the overseas Assamese can offer innovative ideas.

It is also a great opportunity for the Chief Minister to show his leadership and embark on an ambitious broadband policy for Assam that will establish the proper digital connectivity and transform a state like Assam to lead India in breaking the digital divide. The State Government needs to lobby strongly for establishing the required GSN (Gateway Support Node) in Guwahati with Telecom Regulatory Authority of India and other regulatory bodies, it said.

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Mandate has brought new challenges for Govt: FASS

GUWAHATI, May 28 � Voluntary organisation Friends of Assam and Seven Sisters (FASS) has congratulated Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi for winning the mandate of the people to rule the State for a historic third term.

However, the voluntary organisation in a statement issued from its Houston international headquarters and signed by its international chairman Rajen Barua, has said, the mandate needs to be taken in its proper spirit. While it has opened new opportunities, the mandate has also brought new challenges for the State Government with added responsibilities for the Chief Minister to take a stronger leadership role for the overall progress of the State.

After decades of political and socio-economic turmoil, the State, which was seized by insurgency, is now finally ready to march forward towards peace and progress. Much of the credit for this must be given to the Chief Minister himself. He now needs to take the necessary steps to complete the peace process by having the right dialogue, listening to legitimate grievances and wishes of the people and close that dark chapter for ever, says the FASS.

Moreover, there is the need to take firm steps for eradicating corruption from public life. The administration should be transparent giving due honour to RTI in the true spirit of democracy, he said.

Some of the complex bureaucratic processes can and need to be simplified in the interest of progress. Implementation of the Rule of Law in its true spirit at all levels is another area that needs to be addressed firmly so that law and order can prevail.

Improvement in the road communication infrastructure of the State is another area that needs keen attention. Improvements in this area will make Assam a more inhabitable place and help attracting the much-needed outside investors and scholars for prosperity and glory of the State.

Poverty eradication, however, holds the key to the resolution of many a problem facing the State today. Assam needs more social programmes to eradicate poverty from the bottom level. This can be achieved only by removing corruption and implementing the rule of the law, said the voluntary organisation.

It has made an appeal to the Chief Minister to demonstrate the right zeal for accelerating rural development in all spheres.

On the other hand, it said, supply of clean drinking water and implementation of modernised urban drainage, a well-trained work force, education, health care and employment with special attention to utilise the demographic riches of the State are the other areas of importance for the development of the State.

At the same time, the issue of illegal immigration cannot be swept under the carpet. A workable definition of �Assamese� must be hammered out and the NRC must be upgraded to safeguard the interest and sustenance of the indigenous people.

On the role of the overseas Assamese, the FASS said that there are many areas where they can extend their help and cooperation. The control of the Brahmaputra flood and erosion and saving the famous river island Majuli are some such areas where some of the overseas engineers are actively engaged in finding and implementing a solution.

�We would appreciate the new ministry�s help and cooperation in utilisation of such technical resources. There are other areas such as production of hydrocarbon of the region with newer advanced technologies where competent overseas Assamese expertise is available. They can also provide proper engineering wisdom for or against building big dams in high earthquake prone regions like the NE,� it said.

Providing innovative ideas for small-scale entrepreneurship to the youths of Assam is one area of interest where overseas Assamese can help. Tourism is yet another area where the overseas Assamese can offer innovative ideas.

It is also a great opportunity for the Chief Minister to show his leadership and embark on an ambitious broadband policy for Assam that will establish the proper digital connectivity and transform a state like Assam to lead India in breaking the digital divide. The State Government needs to lobby strongly for establishing the required GSN (Gateway Support Node) in Guwahati with Telecom Regulatory Authority of India and other regulatory bodies, it said.