Assam advisory committee calls for emphasis on opening tourism, hospitality industry

The advisory committee set up by the Assam government for recommending suggestions to revitalize the economy in the state in the backdrop of the COVID-19 pandemic and the consequent lockdown, submitted its report to Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal in Guwahati on June 1.

The committee observed that as the economy needs to be made fully functional gradually, standard operating protocols, rules and guidelines need to be made for the sectors which are still closed with special emphasis on the opening of tourism and hospitality industry including hotels, restaurants with other personal care services and industries.

“The committee, considering all aspects of different sectors of the state which have borne the brunt of COVID-19 pandemic and taking into account of the views, suggestions and inputs from the government departments, members of the public and organisations, has formulated two sets of recommendations, namely short-term and medium/long-term recommendations. The committee made the sector specific recommendations on agriculture and allied sector, industries, trade and commerce, transport, tourism and hospitality, construction sector, employment including migrant labours. The recommendations also addressed concern of the staffs of small business, shops and establishments, trade and transport sector, workers and artistes in mobile theatre, film production, caterers and event managers among others,” said a press statement from the CM’s office.

Assam government in the backdrop of COVID-19 pandemic and the consequent lockdown, constituted an advisory committee with seven members under the chairmanship of retired IAS officer Subash Chandra Das to assess the macro-economic and socio-economic impact as well as sector specific impact of COVID-19. The committee after detailed study of the prevailing situation of the state submitted its report.

Following this, the CM announced of constituting a three-member ministerial committee under the chairmanship of finance minister Himanta Biswa Sarma to study the recommendations of the report and suggest broad roadmap for their implementation.

Sonowal thanked the chairman Subash Candra Das and its members KM Bujarbaruah, MP Bezbaruah, Joydeep Baruah, Amiya Sharma, Gautam Goswami and Krishna Kanta Bora for their works in preparing the report incorporating recommendations for revitalization of economy.

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