GUWAHATI, July 10 � Terming the Union Budget as �inadequate� for the State, the All Assam Students� Union (AASU) today said that the backwardness of the State and the North-east was deep-rooted and warranted large-scale and sustained interventions.
�We are holding discussions with economists of the State over the general Budget, and based on their opinion, we will later be making an exhaustive reaction on the Budget, keeping in mind the interests of the State,� the AASU said in a statement.
The AASU, however, welcomed certain initiatives in the Budget such as enhanced allocations for boosting railway and road connectivity in the North-east, setting up of an agricultural research center in Assam and thrust on organic farming in the North-east, and setting up of a Sports University in Manipur, as positive developments.
The student body expressed concern over the failure of the Budget in allotting an IIM for Assam even as five cities of the country were chosen for new IIMs. Similarly, it said, Assam was not considered for one of the four proposed AIIMS, and also for the Indian Institute of Science Education and Research (IISER).
Pointing out that Assam was not considered for hosting textile cluster centres which were allocated to six other States, the AASU said that Assam deserved such a cluster in view of its large-scale, traditional Muga silk production.
The AASU said that the river Ganges had been given a lot of attention in the general Budget whereas the mighty Brahmaputra, the lifeline of Assam, was largely ignored.