Chief Minister's Speech

Press Meet : Achievements of the New BJP Government in Assam in its first 100 days

Press Meet : Achievements of the New BJP Government in Assam in its first 100 days

Press Meet : Achievements of the New BJP Government in Assam in its first 100 days

Achievements of the New BJP Government in Assam in its first 100 days

Achievements of the New BJP Government in Assam in its first 100 days


The Government is committed to green Assam free from foreigners, corruption, terrorism and pollution. The following are its guiding principles.

(1) 'Sabka Saath Sabka Vikas'.

(2) An administrative machinery that is fair, effective result-oriented, transparent and accountable.

(3) Policy of zero-tolerance towards militancy/ insurgency.

Following these principles, the first Cabinet meeting decided:

(a) To cut down the number of vehicles and unnecessary security in the Chief Minister's carcade and use of beacon and siren was stopped. This was done do that no inconvenience is caused to general public.

(b) It decided to crack down on corruption at check gates.

(c) Doing away with interviews in Class III and IV recruitment to eliminate corruption.

The first file approved by the CM related to increase in Dearness Allowance of the State Government employees.

Financial Position and Challenges

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The new Government realised that there were many issues and problems which required its immediate attention. The very fulcrum of governance and means for development, namely the state finances, were in gloom, despair and doldrums. The State Cabinet felt that it is its primary duty to inform each and every citizen of the State about the actual reality of the public finances as the new Government assumed the office. Such attempt would also be in accordance with the highest ideals and great standards that the new Government would like to set for itself to maintain transparency, accountability and "citizen-first" approach

In the above background, a white paper on state finances (as on 24th May 2016) was published to put the facts in right perspective so that the new Government could draw the strength of advise, sustained support and able guidance from each and every one in the society to take the State into a new dawn of development .

The major facts brought out before the Government reflected:

i) That the GSDP in 2014-15 was Rs.1,83,798 crore.

ii) The Growth of economy in 2014-15 was 6.44 per cent vis-a-vis national rate of 7.3 per cent.

iii) It was further seen that the Real growth rate (CAGR) of farm income from 2002-03 to 2012-13 was 0.88% against 5.2% of national rate.

iv) Assam stood at 19th position in the country in terms of per capita income : Rs.48490 per annum (current prices) against the national figure of Rs.88533.

v) As against the rising expenditure, it was seen that the increase in State's Own Resources was mere 1.39% in 2014-15 and 3.39 % in 2015-16.

vi) The new Government in summation inherited more than Rs 17,000 crore committed liabilities of the previous Government

On understanding the poor financial scenario,Sri Sarabanda Sonowal, Hon'ble Chief Minister of Assam and his council of Minsters hit the ground running in pursuit of turning this challenge into an opportunity with blessings of the public.

Steps for Economic Growth

Augmenting the economy and putting the State back on the rails is the top priority of the new Government.

- Assam became the first State in the country to ratify the GST Constitutional Amendment Bill.

- The passage of "The Assam Ease of Doing Business Bill 2016" in the very first session of Assembly demonstrates the new Government's commitment towards creating a business friendly atmosphere.

- The new Government succeeded in getting payment of differential amount oil royalty of Rs 1449 crore from Government of India.

- ReSTART Assam (Restructuring Systems and Technology for Augmentation of Resources for Transformed Assam) has been launched to mop up revenue collection in a big way. Ambitious targets have been set for revenue earning departments and positive results have been witnessed in the first quarter itself.

- The comprehensive Annual Budget sets out the grand vision for the State encompassing all important sectors. An ambitious programme named the 'Chief Minister's Samagra Gramya Unnayan Yojana' with an outlay of a whopping Rs 30,000 crore envisaging all-round development of all villages in the State has been launched.

The Vision document being the larger perspective, the work done in 100 days is a reflection of the direction and intent of the Government to bring about Parivartan. The Major activities undertaken during the First 100 days also include the following:

Updation of NRC

The new Government has accorded topmost priority to updation of NRC, 1951 to solve the vexed foreigners' problem once and for all.

- Hon'ble Chief Minister visited the NRC office on May 25, 2016 even before entering his own office and held two review meetings with the officials to expedite the NRC updation exercise on a war footing.

- CM held zonal review meetings were held in Dibrugarh, Bongaigaon and Silchar with the DCs and SPs to review matters of NRC updation.

- The speed of NRC works has increase significantly. It is expected that NRC update will be completed in 2017.

Floods

In July and August the State faced severe floods throughout the State causing massive loss to life and property in 29 districts.

The flood situation was handled with full seriousness and promptness.

- The Chief Minister visited a number of districts over 4 days. The Ministers visited all flood affected districts.

- Hon'ble Chief Minister directed the DCs to provide ex-gratia assistance to the next of kin of those who died during the floods without any delay.

- Adequate GR materials were provided to the flood affected people. Safe drinking water was also made available. Mobile medical teams were pressed into service to provide prompt medical care to the camp inmates.

Measures to increase public participation

For the first time, a three-day elaborate programmes were made for observance of the 70th Independence Day with patriotic fervour throughout the State with active participation from all communities. As a part of the celebrations, cleanliness and plantation drives were organised. The celebrations evoked spontaneous response from all communities who participated in cultural programmes showcasing the rich culture of Assam.

- Assam had the privilege of organising the first ever BRICS Youth Summit in Guwahati on 1st July, 2016 with participation of delegates from BRICS nations.

New initiatives...

- One time ex-gratia assistance of Rs 5 lakh each will be provided to all the families of martyrs of the Assam agitation as a mark of honour.

- Majuli, the biggest river island in the world and the seat of Vaishnavism, has been notified as a new district.

- On pursuance of the State Government, the Railway Ministry has agreed to convert the single Railway Track to double track on the Bongaigaon-Guwahati section. The work has already started on Lumding-Guwahati section and Survey has begun in Lumding-Dibrugarh section.

- Chief Minister inaugurated the PET-CT Scan machine at the newly constructed state of the art 200 bedded cancer hospital to provide best in class diagnostic treatment to cancer patients.

- The State Government will bear the admission fees/ tuition fees etc. of meritorious below poverty line students for admission in Higher Secondary Schools and Colleges.