Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal on Thursday directed the Industries and Commerce Department to take immediate steps to revive the Assam Tea Corporation Limited so that the burden of financial liability faced by the Corporation can be lessened.
Sonowal on Thursday reviewed the functioning of Industries and Commerce Department at his conference room at Janata Bhawan and discussed about various initiatives taken by the department to sustain the economic momentum created by Advantage Assam: Global Investors Summit.
The CM stressed upon the need to make the small tea growers of the State aware about harmful effects of rampant pesticide usage which has reduced fertility of their lands. He also directed the department to conduct training programme for the small tea growers in batches every month to motivate them to adopt organic farming practices.
The Assam CM was also informed about Assam Incubation Hub which will be operational by April 2018 at newly constructed building in the city and various schemes like Swayam for spurting rapid growth of entrepreneurship and start-up culture in the state.
Saying that Industries and Commerce Department has made a distinct name for itself for successfully organising an event like Advantage Assam, the chief minister urged the department to sustain the success story by organising the Investment and Skill Melas in all the districts of the state. He also directed the department take action for setting up an industrial estate in all 33 districts of Assam which would make the industrial growth of the state visible to the people, stated a government press communiqué.
Sonowal also directed the department to arrange for showing the films on Namami Brahmaputra and Namami Barak festivals along with Advantage Assam in the schools and colleges of the state for motivating the young generation. He was also informed in the meeting about the status of Invest Assam Agency which is being set up to follow up the initiatives taken during Advantage Assam and facilitate the potential investors with various ground works.
He was also informed that Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas Work has given go ahead on the proposed gas grid connectivity from Barauni to Guwahati which would help rapid industrial development of the State.
The CM urged the department to formulate industrial policies of the State to give more and more incentives to the investors so that Assam’s stature as an attractive investment destination rises.
Industries and Commerce Minister Chandra Mohan Patowary, Legal and Media Advisers to the Chief Minister Shantanu Bharali and Hrishikesh Goswami, Additional Chief Secretary of the department Ravi Capoor, Principal Secretary to the chief minister Sanjay Lohia were also present in the meeting among others, the press communiqué added.