| Chief minister Tarun Gogoi speaks at the workshop in Guwahati on Wednesday. Picture by UB Photos |
Guwahati, Feb. 19: Assam chief minister Tarun Gogoi today said his government was committed to achieving the objectives enshrined in Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).
The MDGs are eight international development goals like eradication of poverty, universal education, and gender equality & empowering women that were established after the UN Millennium Declaration was adopted in 2000. All the member nations of the UN, along with several international organisations, have committed to help achieve these goals by 2015.
Inaugurating a workshop on Status of Millennium Development Goals in Assam here today, Gogoi said though Assam had a long way to go in attaining these goals, development of infrastructure and meeting people’s basic needs of nutritional food, healthcare, education, employment and security would help to achieve them.
The workshop was organised by the state planning and development department in collaboration with Unicef and Omeo Kumar Das Institute of Social Change and Development.
“To eradicate poverty and increase the purchasing power of people, we have to develop infrastructure, especially in the rural areas, as the majority of our population resides in villages. Accessibility to good education and employment opportunities is a must. The literacy rate of Assam is better than many other states, but we have to strive to attain 100 per cent. The government has also introduced different schemes to offer employment to youths of the state,” Gogoi said.
“We have also been constantly trying to improve healthcare and sanitation facilities. The maternal and infant mortality rates have come down, but we have more to achieve in terms of providing good healthcare to mothers and children,” he added.
Gogoi laid emphasis on targeting problems area-wise. While child marriage is found to be more prevalent in the sars, child labour plagues the tea belt and victims of human trafficking are found to belong mostly to the tribal areas.
“We have to identify the specific areas where such crimes are prevalent and then find the root to these problems to be able to eliminate them. Empowerment of women and gender equality is possible through education and awareness among women about their rights,” he said.