Prime minister arrives in Guwahati, asks militants outfits to shun violence
Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh was in Guwahati to inaugurate the Platinum Jubilee Celebration of Assam Legislative Assembly.
Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh who was in Guwahati to inaugurate the Platinum Jubilee Celebration of Assam Legislative Assembly said Assam has now been the beneficiary of over a decade of sustained progress, economic and social development. “As an adopted son of this great State I feel happy that Assam is now on the cusp of emerging as one of our frontline States.”
He detailed that in the 9th Five year Plan period the state economy of Assam grew at the rate of just 1.51 percent. This increased to about 5.7 percent during the 10th plan period. Due to the special emphasis given to development by the governments in the State and at the Centre, Assam achieved an annual average growth rate of 6.8 percent during the first four years of the 11th Five year plan.
Dr Singh added, “I am delighted to learn that in the last year of the 11th Plan Assam is expected to record a growth rate of 7.18 percent. Assam is catching up with the national average. This is good news but more needs to be done.
He opined that he would like to see Assam emerge as a new engine of growth for the North Eastern region and the country as a whole in the 12th Plan period.” I am confident that in the 12th Plan Assam will be able to record a rate of growth of over 9.0 percent.”
The Prime minister further said new wave of development in Assam has been made possible by a period of social peace and political stability.
“There is a general realisation today that violence provides no answers and that diverse groups can fulfill their aspirations only through engagement in the democratic processes. This feeling has in no small measure resulted from the fact that the government of Assam is working for the people and for their all-round betterment, he said.
Hinting at anti talk ULFA which has refused to join the talks process, he said, “I am sure that the few insurgent groups that continue to remain outside the democratic process will understand the sentiments of the people of Assam and come forward to create an atmosphere that is conducive for accelerating the pace of social and economic development in this great beautiful State of our Republic. Assam’s development can be the engine of growth for the entire north-eastern region as a whole.