GUWAHATI, Oct 12: Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal has said that the new generation wants changes that can catapult development and employment generation in the Northeast, and under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi the region is headed for that direction.
Speaking at a programme ‘India @ 75, Mission 2022’ organized by the Confederation of Indian Industries (CII) at a hotel here this evening, Sonowal said under Modi’s leadership the new generation entrepreneurs can ignite a business mentality which can set in motion an industrial development in the region. He said that the Global Investors’ Summit held at Guwahati on February 3 and 4 this year gave a new dimension to industrialization in the State. “As a result of the Act East Policy, a new era of connectivity between the Northeast India and ASEAN countries has been developed. Prime Minister Narendra Modi termed the region as Asta Laxmi and a new growth engine,” he said.
Sonowal moreover said that Assam is bubbling with potentials and the people of the State will have to work hard with dedication. He also said that following a direction from the Prime Minister, Union ministers have been visiting Assam and other north-eastern States once in 15 days, ushering in development in the region. He also asserted that all the States in the Northeast will have to work as a team to transform the region into a nerve centre for the success of the Act East Policy. Sonowal also said that the ASEAN countries have a population size of 80 crore. He urged all stakeholders to use the ASEAN countries as a potential market. He also said that for the development of industry and communication, the Centre has taken some decisive steps. According to him, doubling of rail track, new bridges over the Brahmaputra and the Barak, among others, have bolstered development.
Meghalaya Chief Minister Conrad Sangma, Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Pema Khandu, the Deputy Chief Minister of Tripura, Assam Industries and Commerce Minister Chandra Mohan Patowary, Assam Chief Minister’s Media and Legal Advisor Hrishikesh Goswami and Shantanu Bharali respectively, Assam Additional Chief Secretary Ravi Capoor, office-bearers of the CII and a host of other dignitaries were present on the occasion.