Govt schemes will benefit 70 lakh people: CM
GUWAHATI, Oct 6 – Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi today said that the various developmental schemes being implemented by the State Government would benefit some 70 lakh people.
“Our concern all along has been welfare of the poor and weaker sections of the society. The Anna Suraksha Yojana alone has 13 lakh beneficiaries and we intend to further increase the number,” Gogoi said at a press conference.
The Chief Minister said that a new scheme would soon be launched under which roofs of thatched houses would be replaced with CI sheets. “We expect this scheme to be beneficial to the below poverty line (BPL) families who do not have proper houses,” he said.
Gogoi said that small and marginal farmers comprised 85 per cent of the total number of agriculturalists in the State, and schemed were being initiated targeting them.
Asserting that the Government was keen to take the industrialization process to the villages, Gogoi said that a Rural Industrial Development Corporation on the lines of the Assam Industrial Development Corporation was on the offing.
“We have seen that big industrialists enjoy the maximum benefits offered through various incentives by the Government. We will set up a Rural Industrial Development Corporation to facilitate the growth of small and medium industries in the rural areas,” he said. The Chief Minister also claimed that situation vis-à-vis government employment had increased a lot in the past nine years, saying that 97,000 appointments had been made since 2001.
“There were 68,338 vacancies when we assumed power in 2001. 97,000-odd vacancies have been filled up since then,” he said.
Source: The Assam Tribune