Stressing that the government is working on developing inherent potential of the state, Assam chief minister Sarbananda Sonowal on January 1 urged the people to be a partner in the path towards development.

Participating in an interaction with journalists in Guwahati, Sonowal said there is tremendous potential hidden in the state and the governments both at Dispur and New Delhi are working to explore and develop it.

Sonowal pointed that the Centre is working on developing infrastructure and connectivity in Assam as well as entire Northeast India so that the region may reclaim its position as a major trade hub as in the pre-Independence era.

The state government is also working on developing sustainable models of development and has entrusted its agencies to work on it. Sonowal cited the example of agricultural produce of the state being in demand overseas, which has encouraged youth to take up agriculture as a vocation.

Important to strike a balance between environment and developement: Sonowal

He also stressed on striking balance between environment and development, adding that both has to go hand in hand.

The Assam chief minister maintained that the development the state has seen since the current BJP-led coalition government came into power in the state in May 2016, has also been possible because of the prevailing peaceful situation.

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He appreciated the people of the state for displaying restraint and not falling victim to vested interest groups that seek to incite violence and hatred.

Sonowal also praised the role of the media in keeping the government on its toes with its constructive criticism, especially mentioning of the work done by media in creating awareness during the pandemic and lockdown.

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