Guwahati, Aug 26 (UNI) Prime Minister Manmohan Singh tonight announced in New Delhi an economic package for Assam through a statement after winding up his two-day visit to the state.
The package included a World-Class University in Assam, which will be set up by the Centre. The State Government will provide land for it.
Further, under the proposed Centrally-Sponsored Scheme for ''Model Schools'', every block in Assam will get one Model School.
The Ministry of Road, Transport and Highways will take up the Ohola-Sadiya bridge which will be completed by 2013. The Numali-Gohpur bridge linking Jorhat to North Lakhimpur will also be taken up and completed by March 2013. The State Government will finalise the alignment and provide land at the earliest. The North Guwahati-South Guwahati link will be completed by December 2010.
He also announced that the Union government will provide the necessary assistance for setting up a Centre of the Rajiv Gandhi Institute of Petroleum Technology in Assam.
The Centre will set up a national design institute at Guwahati, on the pattern of the National Institute of Design, Ahmedabad.
Moreover, the North East Industrial Investment Promotion Policy (NEIIPP) will be suitably reworked so as to provide maximum advantage.
The Centre will assist the Government of Assam in setting up a State Skill Development Mission to encourage employment and skill development among the youth.
Further, two India Reserve Battalions would be raised and deployed for riverine policing. The Centre will help train them and also provide specialised equipment. The Border Security Force (BSF) will provide fixed Border Out Posts (BOPs) in riverine areas to strengthen riverine patrolling.
The Centre will assist the State Government in establishing a State-level University of Science and Technology as well as a Law School and Judicial Academy in Assam, a statement released in this regard said.
Flood control measures and integrated development of Majuli will be accorded high priority and adequate funds will be provided for the purpose. A high-level Monitoring Group, with representatives of the Centre, the State Government and the Satradhikars, will be set up to guide the process. An allocation of Rs 20 crore as Additional Central Assistance for Majuli will be made available to the Assam Government.
The Centre will provide additional assistance of Rs 250 crore for the integrated development of the Bodoland Territorial Copuncil (BTC). So far as the other autonomous Councils of North Cachar Hills and Karbi Anglong are concerned, the State Government will prepare and submit a plan for the integrated infrastructure development, to be funded from the Rs 500 crore corpus recently announced by the Union Finance Minister for infrastructure development in the North East.
The Centre will set up a Science City in Guwahati. Together with the Planetarium, this will give a boost to science education in Assam and the entire North East Region.
As requested by the Chief Minister of Assam, the Central share in important schemes for rural areas, in the areas of rural water supply and rural sanitation, has been enhanced to 90 per cent for the benefit of Assam as also the other North Eastern States.
The Prime Minister also discussed with the Chief Minister and his Cabinet colleagues the other issues raised in the memorandum.
He assured the State Government that the problems of flood erosion, excise duty exemptions, broadband connectivity in rural areas and others would receive serious consideration by the Centre.
He declared that the Centre would continue to make all possible efforts for the development of the people of the NorthEast and resources would not be allowed to become a constraint.
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