GUWAHATI, Aug 10 - Leader of the Opposition in the Assam Legislative Assembly Debabrata Saikia today accused the Narendra Modi Government of showing insincerity with regard to projects and schemes related to the State.
�The meaningless nature of the Narendra Modi Government�s slogans like �A for Assam� and promises of giving priority to the North East has been laid bare yet again by its response to a request for expediting completion of infrastructural work at the Assam centre of the Rajiv Gandhi Institute for Petroleum Technology (RGIPT) at Sivasagar,� Saikia said.
Saikia said that he had written to the Prime Minister in May this year to inform that the Assam centre of the RGIPT, the foundation stone for which was laid by the then Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh in 2010, had started classes in 2017 at academic institutes such as the Commerce College at Sivasagar and the laboratories of the Dibrugarh University.
He said that while the classes were shifted to the RGIPT�s own campus in the last part of May this year, the basic facilities, including laboratories remained incomplete at that stage.
Saikia said that in his letter to the Prime Minister he had said that since the avowed goal of the RGIPT was to tap into the manpower resources of the North East to produce innovators and leaders in petroleum technology in view of the abundant hydrocarbon deposits in the area, it was a �grave injustice to allow the RGIPT�s Assam centre to function in such a makeshift and impoverished manner.�
The Congress leader said that he had requested the Prime Minister to personally look into the matter and ensure the required infrastructure is set up without delay.
Saikia said that the response to his plea to the Prime Minister came in the form of a letter from a Joint Secretary of the Union Petroleum and Natural Gas Ministry which mentioned in a single sentence that the Ministry �is in the process of obtaining approval of the Government for funding for the Institute.�
�Such an ambivalent answer is nothing but a ploy to buy time and served to expose the reality, that the Modi Government lacks both responsibility and sincerity when it comes to Assam and the North East,� said Saikia, who is also Leader of the Congress Legislature Party.