Assam government’s focuses to strengthen rural economy: CM Sarbananda Sonowal

Guwahati, May 3: Assam CM Sonowal focuses to strengthen the economy. While the state has faced huge losses due to the ongoing nationwide lockdown that imposed to curb the spread of novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal on Sunday said that the state government’s main focus to strengthen the rural economy.

“Our main focus to strengthen the rural economy based on agricultural products. The state government has already constituted an economic advisory committee as a measure to revive the economy of the state. We will do whatever the committee will suggest,” Sarbananda Sonowal said.

The Assam Chief Minister also said that, the committee will put forward their recommendations to the state government after consultation with the economists of the state.

Addressing a press conference held in Guwahati, Sonowal appealed to the people of the state to make the third phase of lockdown successful like the first two phases.

“Though state government would implement relaxation for certain sectors from Monday following the guideline issued by the Central government to restart economic activities, people must not be complacent as the threat of COVID-19 was not over,” Sonowal said.

The Assam Chief Minister underlined the importance of maintaining social distancing norms, wearing face masks, frequent hand washing, and observing cleanliness as absolute musts during the lockdown period and beyond to overcome the challenge posed by Coronavirus and break the chain of spread.

He also thanked Prime Minister Narendra Modi for taking timely action to contain an outbreak of the pandemic in the country and said that because of Prime Minister’s decisive steps India was performing well in the fight against COVID-19.

The Assam Chief Minister urged the people to support and motivate all those working at the frontline in this fight against COVID-19 as their dedicated service would be required in this long battle.

“Emergency and essential service providers are the real warriors and they must be appreciated for their services,” Sonowal said.

The Chief Minister thanked the Central government departments like Railways, Petroleum, Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution, etc for their unstinted support during the first two phases of lockdown and said that all the union ministers have assured of help to Assam in future as well.