GUWAHATI, Aug 25: State Transport Minister Chandra Mohan Patowary iugurated the three-day ‘Battery Vehicle Tech Expo’ at Maniram Dewan Trade Centre, Guwahati on Friday.
Twenty-eight electric vehicle companies from across the country, Chi and Japan, has participated in the expo. The Minister also iugurated the office of the Chairman, Assam Trade Promotion Organisation (ATPO), Prabin Hazarika, at the trade centre.
Speaking on the occasion, Minister Patowary underlined the importance of e-rickshaws in connecting the nook and corners of the State. He also said that e-rickshaws can open new vistas of employment opportunities to a large extent. Appreciating different technical benefits of e-rickshaws, he also added that it is one of the most eco-friendly vehicles used as pubic carriers.
The Minister stated that e-rickshaws will be included for funding under Prime Minister’s Employment Generation Programme (PMEGP) and upcoming scheme of Industries and Commerce Department, ‘Swami Vivekanda Assam Youth Empowerment (SVAYEM) scheme so that it can be a source of income for the unemployed youths.
Reiterating that Assam is the gateway to South-East Asia, Patowary stated, ‘If you think of investment, think Assam’ while calling on global traders to invest and set up production centres in the state.