GUWAHATI: On the concluding day of the Assam Government's Chintan Shivir in Kaziranga today, Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma said that every government department would be preparing an action plan to be executed by 2026. The action plan of each department will be uploaded to the government website so that people can keep a track of how far the action plan has been executed.
Talking to media persons after the Chintan Shivir, Chief Minister Sarma said that he had directed the ministers and senior secretaries of each department to develop a key group to work in the implementation of action plans of their own departments. He added that the State administration would prepare a blueprint for "unleashing its own resources to expedite growth" and organize a CSR Conclave to prepare a platform for corporates to make more contribution to Assam.
He further said that a delegation of the Prime Minister's Economic Advisory Council (EAC) had also taken part on the concluding day of the Chintan Shivir. He added that he had shared with the delegation how Assam had huge potential for all-around development due to its resources, despite the hurdles that often impede growth.
The Chief Minister said that the unemployment problem of the State could not be solved by only giving government jobs to unemployed youths. "Steps have to be taken for creating self-employment opportunities for our youths. At the Chintan Shivir, initial discussion was held on a Rs-5,000 crore project to provide self-employment opportunities to 3 lakh youths of the State," said the Chief Minister. "Discussions were also held on steps to be taken to increase the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) of the State," he added.
Meanwhile, the delegation of the Prime Minister's Economic Advisory Council (EAC) was led by EAC chairman Dr Bibek Debroy. Speaking at the Shivir, he said that once the land and water-related issues of Assam were resolved, the State's path to economic development would open up. He further said that the Assam Government's thrust should be on solving land ownership, land requisition and land compensation problems. He lauded the MoU signed between the Assam Government and Sadhguru's Isha Foundation for sustainable use of soil.
EAC member Sanjeev Sanyal said that Assam's tea production and tourism sectors had a lot of potentials which the government must exploit so that the State could move up the development ladder.
Chief Secretary to the Government of Assam, Paban Kumar Borthakur said that the three-day Chintan Shivir provided an excellent opportunity for the ministers and officials of different government departments to discuss their challenges, activities and targets. Now each department will prepare a roadmap for 2026 and meeting the target in the roadmap will be a huge challenge for the departments, he said.
While talking to media persons, Chief Minister Sarma said that there was a section of people in the State who wanted to create controversy over every issue. "But the people of the State are now doing away with persons who have a negative approach towards everything. Now the thrust of all stakeholders should be on taking the State forward on the path of progress and development," said Chief Minister Sarma.