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In a tight fiscal corner, Gogoi mulls another grandiose scheme

Sentinel Digital DeskBy : Sentinel Digital Desk

  |  3 Oct 2015 12:00 AM GMT

Gandhian philosophy in school curriculum

Gandhi statues in districts, subdivisions

BY Our Staff Reporter

Guwahati, Oct 2: Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi, in the recent few weeks, has been often heard grousing about the State's finces. Contractors are grappling to get ceilings for their works. Payments - including those of contractors - have been kept pending. So much so that the government is of late getting lukewarm response after floating tenders for various projects. Only recently, the funds at the revenue deposit were transferred to the State exchequer to ease the fincial crunch.

In a surprising announcement today that left many open-mouthed, Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi said that his government will implement a Rs-50,000 crore employment generation scheme that will be med after Mahatma Gandhi.

Gogoi made this announcement after paying tributes to the Father of the tion on his 146th birth anniversary at the circuit house here.

While Rs 50,000 crore is not even the entire annual budget of the State, questioned are being asked from where the whopping estimated amount for the new employment generation scheme would come, given the current situation the government is in.

Of late, Gogoi has been often seen grumbling that the Central government is not releasing adequate funds as a result of which several developmental activities - including vital ones like repairing of the pothole-riddled stretches of the NH 37 - have come to a standstill.

In course of his speech at the Gandhi Jayanti function today, Gogoi also announced that statues of Mahatma Gandhi will be erected in all district and subdivision headquarters besides blocks.

Stating that Gandhiji's ideals of peace and non-violence are still relevant in today's world, the Chief Minister also said the government will include Gandhian philosophy in school curriculum in a bid to inspire the young generation.

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