GUWAHATI: Taking an initiative to develop a “Financial and Economic Roadmap” with practical short, medium and long-term steps to strengthen Assam’s economy through government and self-help steps, the regional party of Assam Jatiya Parishad (AJP) has formed an ‘Economic Planning Advisory Council’ under the chairmanship of Dr Jaimini Bhagwati, former Indian ambassador to the United Kingdom and current RBI Chair Professor at the Indian Council for Research on International Economic Relations, New Delhi.
The Council will have the former chief secretary of Assam, C K Das, as vice chairman and several economists and experts from across the globe.
The announcement of the formation of the Council came a day later the Union Budget was placed.
AJP president Lurinjyoti Gogoi said, “Assam being a biodiversity hotspot and having a tremendous amount of natural resources and tourism aspect can have a self-sustained economy which can bring prosperity to its indigenous people. The state with its geographical position can also cater as one of the biggest markets of organic produce and other items for entire southeast Asia. Therefore, to chalk a proper blueprint, AJP has decided to form the Council.”
AJP believed that with a proper roadmap and policy, the next state government can work towards providing adequate employment and create the infrastructure and environment wherein entrepreneurship can flourish.
Earlier, AJP has criticized the union budget as ‘corporate-friendly’ and slammed the finance ministry for overlooking Assam’s flood-erosion and unemployment problems.