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Jairam to unveil rural package
Union minister for rural development Jairam Ramesh being felicitated during his visit to Nagaon on Wednesday. Picture by UB Photos

Nagaon, Oct. 26: The Union rural development ministry plans a special package for Assam, which will cover almost all the important rural development schemes.

Union rural development minister Jairam Ramesh today said the proposed rural development package includes major programmes for rural connectivity, drinking water and sanitation, Indira Awas Yojana and NREGA.

“I have a meeting with chief minister Tarun Gogoi and senior ministers of the state in Dispur tomorrow and the package will be formally announced there,” Ramesh said. He visited Nagaon with rural development minister Rockybul Hussain and met reporters at Nagaon circuit house before a departmental meeting.

“The proposed package includes our Rs 145-crore National Rural Livelihood Mission, which will begin in seven districts of Assam from June next year. The mission will be expanded to all the districts of the state in 2014,” he said.

“Money is not a constraint in implementing the mission right now. We have a dynamic minister like Hussain and we expect all schemes will run faster hereafter. Our target is to generate employment of Rs 1,100 crore a year in the state and I hope the department can achieve that this year,” he said.

According to Ramesh, emphasis would be laid on transparency under NREGA to accelerate progress. “We are ready to pay money when the state concerned demands funds under NREGA. If Dispur will go faster in implementing schemes, they can expect better response from the ministry,” he said.

The Union minister visited two development blocks in the district at Samaguri and participated in two public rallies.

“Nagaon is the political capital of the state. Former chief minister P.K. Mahanta, AIUDF chief (who is my close friend) Badruddin Ajmal and current chief minister Tarun Gogoi are from Nagaon. My relation with the district is not new at all,” he said.

He expressed dissatisfaction at the slow rate of progress of the East West corridor project. Ramesh said he would move the road transport ministry soon, demanding faster implementation of the project.

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