Guwahati: The Assam Government's attempts to kickstart the economy received a boost today as the recently constituted Economic Advisory Committee under the chairmanship of retired IAS officer Subhas Das submitted a preliminary report.
The eight-member committee, formulated in April to provide economic guidance as the nation was battling the coronavirus, submitted the report during a meet held at the Brahmaputra Guest House in Guwahati. In the meeting, Assam Cabinet Ministers Himanta Biswa Sarma, Atul Bora, and Chandramohan Patowary were also present.
"The committee had resolved to submit its report within 20 days. Today, they have submitted their report and I am confident that we will be able to move in a prosperous direction after taking their advice into consideration", said Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal.
Sonowal also informed that a State committee has been constituted to implement the recommendations made by the high-level committee. "The committee, under the leadership of Himanta Biswa Sarma will work in the coming days. Ministers Chandramohan Patowary and Atul Bora are also a part os this committee. These 3 honorable Ministers will study the contents of the report and will take an initiative to prepare a roadmap to prepare these policies", Sonowal added.
Finance Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma, who will spearhead this new mission, informed media that the focus will be on reviving some of the key sectors such as agriculture, skill development, etc.
Assam's Financial Push after Covid-19 Lockdown:
Yesterday, Finance and Health Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma informed that the State Government will slowly shift its focus towards the economy sector as the focus cannot always be on the coronavirus.
Meanwhile, with a view to reducing the burden on the state exchequer, the Assam Government has reduce institutional quarantine for returnees to 4 days. Additionally, Sarma said that the focus will be on conducting a massive number of tests instead. With the boost in testing capacities, test results of the quarantined persons will be released within 72 hours, said Sarma.
At the same time, the Finance Minister has asserted that the economy of the state must keep chugging ahead, despite the threat of the coronavirus. Informing about the state's tax and GST collection, he said, "Against a collection of Rs 147 crore in April, Assam has collected Rs 360 crore in May."