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When will Assam get a new Industrial policy?
Immediately after forming government at the Centre, the Narendra Modi-led regime discontinued the North East Industrial and Investment Promotion Policy (NEIIPP) with a promise to bring in a new policy for generating rapid industrialisation in the region, which is often termed as a remote part of the country.

The NEIIP, which kicked off in 2007, had been a module of the previous UPA regime. However the NEIIP could not boost industrialisation as well as create investor-friendly environment in the region, as expected. Citing this the Modi government discontinued the policy but is yet to bring in a proper industrial policy for the NE that can boost industrialisation the region.

Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal has continued to urge the Centre to initiate a new industrial as well as investment policy for the region without delay so that the state along with the entire Northeast can keep pace with other states of the country in terms of development. It has been learned that the chief minister himself has requested Prime Minister Narendra Modi to look into the matter during his meeting with the latter.

Meanwhile, the Sonowal government informed the Centre that the state could acquire investment of more than Rs 6000 crore in a period of less than a year, after the current regime came into power in May, 2016 without any policy initiative by the government. However, the Congress, which ruled the state for consecutive three terms starting from 2001, alleged that the current regime has bluffed the Centre in placing investment statistics from during its tenure.

After a long period of trouble, generated by insurgency-related problems, normalcy has returned to Assam. During the trouble torn days, people irrespective of those in power, said that the ambience of the state was not conducive for industrial investment. But today, nobody says the environment of the state is not suitable for industrialisation. On the contrary, everybody seeks rapid industrialisation along with modernisation of the Agriculture sector in the state like Maharashtra, Gujarat etc, for mitigation of the unemployment problem besides others. The people of Assam hope that industrialisation could ameliorate the economic condition of the state besides eradicating poverty and unemployment.

As par the latest data more than 15 lakh youth both skilled and unskilled are in dire need of jobs while many others have left homes for other industrially developed states, such as Maharastha, Kerela, Karnataka in search of jobs.

The agriculture sector of the state is also in dire need of new policy formulation. The farmers of the state are still deprivedof modern agro-techniques besides proper Minimum Support Price (MSP) mechanism for their produce. Moreover, floods and erosion, which are yet to be tackled properly, have brought sorrow and misery to lakhs of farmers ravaging hectaresof crop land, every year. This year too, floods which claimed lives of more than a hundred people, ravaged crops inover one lakh hectaresof land across the state.

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