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Assam CM reviews status of soil conservation projects

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By EMN Updated: Feb 21, 2015 10:42 pm
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GUWAHATI, FEBRUARY 21

Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi today reviewed the status of projects of the Soil Conservation Department with officials, asking them to put in their best performance to benefit people.
At the meeting, Gogoi asked the officials to come up with good performances that would help mitigate the problems of poverty, unemployment and in raising the income level of the people.“Rewards will be given to those who deliver good performances. Strict action will be taken against those for dereliction of duty,” he warned.
The Soil Conservation Department has a pivotal role to play in containing erosion, preserving the soil nutrients vital for raising agricultural production and in irrigation, Gogoi said.
The chief minister advocated for convergence of schemes between the Soil Conservation, Agriculture and Irrigation Departments for better outcome.
Asking the department to hold regular review meetings to keep a close tab on the implementation of schemes and projects at the field level, Gogoi directed the officers to put up the list of beneficiaries on its website as well as in newspapers.
Gogoi also assured to look into the problems of the department and initiate necessary steps accordingly.

Gogoi flays Modi for auctioning gifts received from Assam

Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi today flayed Prime Minister Narendra Modi for reportedly auctioning gifts received from the state, saying it is an “insult” to the society and people.
“I have not seen or heard of any Prime Minister earlier, who after receiving gifts extended by the people of the country, sells it or auctions it. It is an insult to the Assamese society and people of the state,” Gogoi told reporters here.
Modi has reportedly decided to put all the gift items received during his recent official visit to the state capital under the hammer.
The Prime Minister was presented a wooden rhino sculpture, gamosa, japi and seleng chaddar among other things symbolic of Assamese society. “If it would have been for my case, I would have sent it to the regional museum,” the chief minister said

Gogoi to attend Nitish Kumar’s swearing in ceremony

Assam chief minister, Tarun Gogoi will attend the swearing in ceremony of the Bihar Chief minister, Nitish Kumar.
Gogoi is leaving for Patna on Sunday to attend the swearing-in ceremony of Bihar Chief Minister on Sunday.
Sources in Tarun Gogoi’s office told ET, “It is unheard that Gogoi has attended a swearing ceremony of chief minister in his tenure as 14 years as chief minister.”
Political analyst however felt Gogoi’s fondness for Nitish may hint at new political equations. “Assam is going to polls next year.”

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By EMN Updated: Feb 21, 2015 10:42:20 pm