GUWAHATI, Jan 1 � Announcing a number of projects for different sectors on the New Year day, Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi today said that the Cabinet has approved the proposal for a bridge on the Brahmaputra at Dhubri-Phulbari.
Some of the important announcements included creation of 15 new subdivisions, setting up of the country�s first-of-its-kind Cooperative Management University in the State, an engineering college at Golaghat, an Ayurvedic college at Dhubri, a development corporation for small and marginal farmers, a rehabilitation authority for erosion-affected people, formation of the Assam Water Resource Management Authority, and an employment generation and skill development council for the unemployed.
�All along our thrust has been on infrastructure development, with roads and bridges, health, and education being the priority areas. Our Cabinet has approved the proposal for another bridge on the Brahmaputra at Dhubri-Phulbari,� Gogoi said while addressing the media.
The Chief Minister said that the proposed Rajiv Gandhi Cooperative Management University for imparting management education would have a tie-up with IIIM Ahmedabad. �We want to boost the cooperative movement in a different way through professional and management courses. The university will be the first of its kind in the country, and the people of the State will realize its worth after ten years,� he said.
Gogoi said that the development corporation for small and marginal farmers would greatly benefit the small and marginal farmers which constituted 80 per cent of the State�s agriculturists.
On the education front, Gogoi said that a corpus fund would be created to provide financial support to meritorious students for higher education. Terming the school enrolment under Sarva Shiksha as encouraging, Gogoi, however, said that retention was still low with the dropout rate a cause of concern.