Promises Meant To Be Broken?

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Promises Meant To Be Broken?

Sidharth Bedi Varma | July 04, 2020 16:25 hrs

The BJP conquered Dispur in 2016; many promises made since by the Sarba da led government. One of his ministers, holding prominent portfolios, however is living proof of the adage: “Promises are meant to be broken.”

The Industry & Commerce Minister, Chandra Mohan Patowary on many occasions, made various promises and yet most of his promises have been left undelivered. He organized Namami Brahmaputra, Namami Barak and Advantage Assam with the motive of bringing investment into Assam.

Along with national BJP leader Nitin Gadkari, patowary promised that the Brahmaputra will be dredged from Sadiya to Dhubri and national highways would be constructed along its banks which would ease international transportation connecting Sadiya to Chittagong in Bangladesh. Well, the experts said that this was impossible and accordingly no sign of such activity is visible on ground.

Similarly, during Advantage Assam, Patowary claimed that Memorandums of Understanding worth Rs 79,000 crores were inked and till 3rd July last responses on investment of Rs 65,000 crores was apparently received from the investors.

In 2018, when the global investment summit was organized, it was promised that river taxis would ply on the Brahmaputra within 6 months. Well, that never happened! So, all the promises from Namami Brahmaputra to Advantage Assam seem nothing but tall claims.

The latest promise made by the minister is that people of Assam can start micro, small and medium industries just by giving a self-declaration. The promise was announced through a cabinet ordinance and Patowary thereafter said that only citizens of Assam having their own land would be able to set up industries. No outsiders will be allowed and agricultural land will not be harmed.

For this, we will have to wait and watch as the Governor is yet to sign the ordinance and there is no strategy finalized about how citizens owning land would get financed for starting these industries.

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