Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal on Saturday said that no one in the state should panic as the government, which has come to power with popular mandate of the people, is committed to safeguard the interests of all local communities.
Sonowal’s statement came after 70 organisations led by Krishak Mukti Sangram Samiti (KMSS) took out a massive protest rally in Guwahati opposing Citizenship (Amendment) Bill.
Several other organizations including the AASU and North East Students’ Organisation (NESO) have called for a northeast bandh on January 8 opposing the Bill.
“The present government has come to power with popular mandate of the people of all sections of the society. No one is required to panic as the government is committed to safeguard the interests of all local communities,” Sonowal said while launching the reconstruction and strengthening works of 81 roads of Dhekiajuli LAC under different schemes of the government.
“Improvement of road infrastructure is a necessity for accelerating economic growth. The Union and state governments have, therefore, put special emphasis on developing quality road network,” he said adding that Government of India has sanctioned construction of 7000 KM rural roads in the state and released funds for the same.
He, moreover, informed that the Government of Assam also focused on reconstruction and strengthening roads in 26,000 villages and 1500 tea gardens of the state.
Stating that corruption during Congress government deprived poor people of the state from the benefits of welfare schemes, Sonowal said that the present government completed 3.20 lakh IAY houses which were left incomplete by the previous government.
Sonowal also mentioned that anti-corruption drives being carried out by the present government helped to regain people’s confidence in the administration.
He said the state government had handed over land pattas to around 11,500 local families on a single day in a bid to secure their interest and rights. Sonowal also informed that steps have also been taken to provide land pattas to around one lakh landless families of the state during the current year.