SILCHAR, July 25 - Unlike the Congress party which seeks to divide the people of the Barak and Brahmaputra valleys in the name of religion and language, the BJP Government is making serious attempts to build the bridge of cooperation and co-existence, said Finance Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma after announcing a grant of Rs 200 crore for the development of Silchar under the City Infra Development Fund (CIDF) here today.
�The Government aims to expedite development across the State and as a part of its commitment, a sum of Rs 200 crore has been sanctioned for Silchar under the CIDF. Also, an amount of Rs 26 crore has been earmarked for the renovation of the District Library at Silchar,� Sarma said while addressing a gathering of women at the Kanaklata Women Empowerment Meeting here.
The minister said that work on the 500-bed medical college at Karimganj would start from March next year and the new bridge over River Barak at Sadarghat would be completed by December this year.
The State Finance Minister alleged that some Congress leaders have a one-point agenda to spread animosity among the people of the Barak and Brahmaputra valleys. The Congress leaders maintain double standards on the issue of the NRC across the two valleys. But the BJP is absolutely clear that no genuine Indian citizen should be left out of the list and the Government will stand behind the people, Sarma maintained.
The minister urged the women to emulate martyr Kanaklata Baruah and face the challenges that come their way.