On the day of the new year, Assam chief minister Himanta Biswa said that after achieving considerable financial stability in 2022 the state is on a growth trajectory.
He asked the people to deploy moral pressure on the proscribed United Liberation Front of Asom-Independent (ULFA-I) Assam, chief Paresh Barua to give up his sovereignty demand.
While interacting with the media, he added that increased oil royalty, excise, transport and GST collections helped the state independently pay employees' salaries for the first time without depending on the centre.
He stated that out of the total Rs 2,500 crore received from the centre, Rs 900 crore was spent on pension payments and the remaining for the state’s development work.
He highlighted that the new vibrancy in the economy is due to increased tax collection which was possible due to people’s cooperation and different organisations thus helping the new growth trajectory.
Sarma mentioned that the decline in agitations in four districts, Dibrugarh, Tinsukia, Golaghat and Jorhat was the reason that increased the oil royalty by over Rs 1500 crore with a recorded collection of Rs 3178 crore so far in the current financial year as against Rs 2538 crore in 2020-2021.
The state also witnessed GDP growth, an increase of 13 per cent against the previous year’s 12.66 per cent.
The CM further expressed his gratitude towards prime minister Narendra Modi and union finance minister Nirmala Sitharam for the externally aided new projects worth Rs 40, 000 crore.
He added projects worth Rs 28,000 crore are already funded by World Bank and Asian Development Bank and the projects that involve Rs 12,000 crore are in pipeline. The centre will repay the loans and the state will be benefited directly.
He also stated a major wildlife milestone was achieved after 25 years with poachers not killing a single one-horned rhinoceros in any of the forests in the last year.
Addressing the climatic change he said, Assam is lacking behind in contributing towards global warming as it’s not a state with dense factories, still the state attempts to generate 3000 MW of solar power over the period of three years.
Meanwhile, the state also follows the COP-22 mandate subsequently with the country.