Sinha adopts Punjab model

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By Staff Reporter in Guwahati
  • Published 1.09.02

Guwahati, Sept. 1: With Punjab as the role model, Lt. Gen. (retd) S.K. Sinha today said “development with thrust on agriculture” would be his priority during his second tenure as Governor of Assam beginning today.

“I hope to see Assam as prosperous and advanced as the states of Punjab and Haryana, which have done so well by concentrating on agriculture,” Sinha said after being sworn in as Governor for another term by Chief Justice of Gauhati High Court P.P. Naolekar at a solemn function held at Durbar Hall of Raj Bhavan here this morning.

The Governor specifically cited the case of Punjab, which despite the bloody phase of insurgency, was steadfast on the path of development.

Sinha called for mobilisation of public support against insurgency so that permanent peace could prevail in the state.

He said that there had been a sea change in the overall situation in the state, which should be capitalised for ushering in rapid development.

He said he would ensure that the nda government at the Centre continued to accord top priority to Assam as far a development of the state was concerned.

The Governor added that he had impressed upon Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee to ensure that his first visit as the Prime Minister should be to Assam.

“In fact, after Jawaharlal Nehru, Vajpayee was the second Prime Minister to have participated at a Bihu function in Guwahati in 1999. This reflects the nda government’s priority to peace and development in the state,” Sinha said.

During the previous agp-regime, the Governor attracted attention by playing an active role in implementation of the Nabard-aided Samridha Krishak Yojana (sky) scheme undertaken by the Prafulla Mahanta government to usher in a “green revolution” in the state through installation of sallow tubewells.

Sinha had made a personal request to the then Union finance minister Yaswant Sinha to initiate measures to expedite the sky scheme in the state.

During the initial years of his first tenure, the Governor had undertaken tours to different parts of the state, appealing to the people to build up resistance against “extremist violence.”

Apart from ministers and senior government officials, agp president Brindaban Goswami, his party colleagues Hitendra Nath Goswami, Abdul Jabbar and bjp leader Bimalangshu Roy were also present in the swearing-in ceremony.