GUWAHATI, Nov 10: The State Government has submitted a Rs 12,000 crore Assam Agricultural and Rural Transformation Project to the Central Government. The project was cleared by the Agriculture Ministry and is now with the Planning Commission.
Meanwhile, Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi today reviewed the status of implementation of various schemes under the Assam Agricultural Competitiveness Project (AACP) with concerned ministers and senior officials at his office conference room here today.
The Chief Minister urged the officials of the departments concerned to replicate the successful interventions of AACP in the normal departmental schemes. It was also apprised that the World Bank in principle agreed to consider a new mega project to the State under ARIAS Society (AACP) as proposed by the Government of Assam.
Gogoi asked all the concerned officers to complete the remaining works under the project, including accelerating the disbursement and timely execution of contract immediately. The project is scheduled to close on March 15, 2015.
The Chief Minister appreciated the good works done by the concerned departments under AACP which include Agriculture, PWD (Roads), Fisheries, Animal Husbandry and Veterinary, Diary, Forest and Cooperation. It may be mentioned here that the Country Director for South Asia Region of the World Bank, Rajni Khanna appreciated the �excellent progress in all the sectors under AACP.� Khanna made special mention of the innovative activities successfully undertaken, including the establishment of a statewide groundwater monitoring system, farmer producer organization and a pilot programme of using solar power for running irrigation pumpsets, official sources said.
The ground water monitoring system introduced by AACP and lauded by the World Bank for the first time in the State will be a milestone of ground water system, it said.
A power point presentation was made by State Project Director, AACP, Hemanta Narzary highlighting the targets and achievements of the project.
Minister for Agriculture Nilamani Sen Deka, Minister for Planning & Development, Tanka Bahadur Rai, Minister for Animal Husbandry and Veterinary, Khorsing Ingti, Minister for Fisheries, Basanta Das, Parliamentary Secretary, Planning & Development, Bidyasing Engleng, Chief Secretary, Jitesh Khosla, Additional Chief Secretary, VK Pipersenia, Principal Secretary to CM, MGVK Bhanu, Principal Secretary, Finance, PK Borthakur, Principal Secretary, Fisheries & Animal Husbandry and Veterinary, Dr. AK Singh attended the meeting along with other senior officials, the sources added.