From Our Correspondent
Silchar, Nov 19: Chandra Mohan Patowary, Minister of Industry and Commerce, Government of Assam has assured that a total number of 5 dredging machines will be used for dredging of the River Barak so that it becomes more and more vigable. Addressing the media-persons at a press-meet held on an adorned barge with other officials while cruising on river Barak on Sunday, Patowary said, “mami Barak is more than a river festival. It is also an attempt to discover the potentialities and capabilities of Barak Valley. Development of waterways is a must. States on the coastal sides have developed rapidly. Waterway is the cheapest means of transport.”
“Dredging of River Barak, which began from Ranighat in Cachar district last Saturday, will boost the prospect of trade and commerce. Two dredgers have already been brought and three more will be pressed into service soon. Assam is no longer the periphery of Southeast Asia; on the contrary, it is the centre of Southeast Asia’s gateway. Regarding the Cachar Paper Mill and Sugar Mill are on the government’s top priority list. It will not take much time. At present, Rs.1800 crore is needed in this regard. We have also signed a MoU (Memorandum of Understanding) with the Government of Singapore for more skill development skills,” Patowary added to say.
Since language becomes a barrier while learning skills for other countries, scope and scheme for language learning will also be provided, assured Patowary. “It is essential to learn Southeast Asian languages so that one can freely interact and exchange knowledge. We want development of Assam in every aspect. Barak Valley will no longer remain neglected and will get ample amount of attention,” said Patowary. Among others present at the press-meet included Anda Prakash Tiwari, MD, ASTC, Dr Rajdeep Roy, spokesperson, state BJP and Ashutosh Agnihotri, commissioner and secretary to the Government of Assam.