It was all promises and new schemes that Assam chief minister Sarbananda Sonowal has spoken on Saturday as he hoisted the tricolor at the Judges’ field for the last time of his term before the state assembly polls slated in 2021.
The chief minister announced a slew of incentives to boost the state’s agriculture and employment sector primarily. From setting up rice clusters, mills, cold storages and milk processing units to extending the age limit for government job aspirants, Sonowal announced an array of promises.
Hailing the state’s farmers for using the lockdown timing in a strategic manner and be able to send their products outside the country in places like Dubai, London, Abu Dhabi and others. He said that between March 24 and July 25, the farmers of Assam have earned Rs 852 crore by selling vegetables and fruits.
Promising to distribute 1,000 mini-trucks among youths and self-help groups (SHGs) to ensure smooth transportation between paddy fields and markets, he said that the state government would also set up a Centre of Excellence for Organic Agriculture in Biswanath district.
Besides, he also said that at least three milk processing units will be set up in Morigaon, Sonitpur and Bajali district in the first phase as the state government aimed to have one milk processing unit in each of the state’s districts.
As per Sonowal, a new program will be launched in association with the Assam Agricultural University to popularise maize farming in the state too. He said the government has taken initiatives to promote pisciculture to make Assam self-sufficient in fish production.
The chief minister announced that the government has decided to increase the upper age limit from 38 to 40 years for all the grade III and IV posts. Giving the details of the works done by his government, Sonowal said that at least 38,000 youths in the state were given jobs by the state government since 2016-17.
Sonowal did not forget to add the most ‘sensitive’ issue of Assam Accord once again into his I-Day speech. He reassured the people of the state that it was only the Narendra Modi government which has taken the initiative to form a high-level committee for the implementation of Clause 6 of Assam Accord.
He reiterated that further steps on the committee’s report were delayed due to the global pandemic. Clause 6 envisages constitutional, legislative and administrative measures to safeguard, protect, preserve and promote the cultural, social, linguistic identity and heritage of the Assamese people.
On Saturday, it also passed 35 years since the Assam Accord was signed on 15th August 1985 ending a six-year-long violent agitation against illegal infiltration in the state. The All Assam Students’ Union (AASU) who had headed the movement said that the dream of implementation of Assam Accord continued to be a distant one.
Sonowal’s term to end in May 2021.