First BJP govt in Northeast

First BJP govt in Northeast sworn in; PM Narendra Modi says CM Sarbananda Sonowal will work hard to transform Assam

 

Bharatiya Janata Party leader Sarbananda Sonowal was on Tuesday sworn-in as the Chief Minister of Assam.Sonowal along with Himanta Biswa Sarma took oath in presence of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, former Assam CM Tarun Gogoi.

First BJP govt in Northeast sworn in; PM Narendra Modi says CM Sarbananda Sonowal will work hard to transform Assam

Bharatiya Janata Party leader Sarbananda Sonowal was on Tuesday sworn-in as the Chief Minister of Assam.Sonowal along with Himanta Biswa Sarma took oath in presence of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, former Assam CM Tarun Gogoi.

The 53-year-old Union sports minister, who was BJP’s chief ministerial candidate, led the campaign in the Assembly polls in which the BJP-led alliance bagged 86 seats in the 126-member House.

The whole Guwhati city was literally turned into a security fortress for the oath taking ceremony at the Veterinary College, which was attended by over 100 VVIPs including PM Modi, BJP president Amit Shah, party veteran LK Advani, Union Ministers Rajnath Singh, Venkaiah Naidu, Suresh Prabhu, VK Singh, chief ministers of NDA-ruled states and northeastern states.

Addressing the huge gathering, PM Modi heaped praise on Sonowal saying, “A leader belonging to the tribal community, a leader dedicated to serving society will now be the CM of Assam.”I am sure Sonawal ji will serve Assam and work very hard to transform the state and his team will do the same,” PM ässerted.Promising to provide all help for Assam, PM Modi said, “The Central government believes in cooperative federalism. Want to give the states maximum strength & enable them to progress.”

“Democracy is about Bhagidari. The Centre and states must walk shoulder to shoulder for development.””India’s development has to be all-round and inclusive. Eastern part of India cannot remain away from the development journey,” PM said

-May 24, 2016, Guwahati

Fourth International Tourism Mart to be held in Gangtok from 14th-16th October, 2015

Guwahati being developed as a hub to provide improved connectivity to the North-eastern states: Dr. Mahesh Sharma

The 4th International Tourism Mart(ITM)  will be held in Gangtok from 14th – 16th October, 2015. This was announced by the Minister of State for Culture (Independent Charge), Tourism (Independent Charge) and Civil Aviation, Dr. Mahesh Sharma at a press conference in New Delhi today. International buyers and media delegates from 27 countries are participating in this year’s ITM.

Addressing the mediapersons, Dr. Mahesh Sharma said that the ITM will showcase the rich tourism potential of the North East States. The Minister said that the Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi gives utmost priority to the North-east and promoting tourism in the region has been the emphasis of the Ministry. It is due to these efforts that the number of Foreign Tourist Visits (FTVs) to North Eastern States during 2014 grew by 39.8% , revealing a significant improvement in the growth of 27.9% in FTVs registered during 2013 over 2012, the Minister explained.

Dr. Mahesh Sharma said that improving connectivity is the key to promoting tourism in the North-east for which the Government has taken new initiatives. One of the major steps in this direction is creating Guwahati as a hub to provide improved connectivity to the North-East. For this purpose, the Government has sanctioned  funds to the tune of  Rs 1200 crore for development of Guwahati Airport. Similarly, Guwahati has already started working as a heli-hub with the help of Pawan Hans services to the North-eastern states, which started working more than two months ago.

Dr Mahesh Sharma informed that  Rs 484 crore have also been sanctioned  for up gradation of Agartala Airport and  Rs 90 crore for Tezu Airport (Arunachal Pradesh). The Ministry of Tourism is working on  3 projects in Majuli, Tawang & Kamakhya  for promoting Tourism in North East States. Rs 250 crore have already been sanctioned for the projects under the Swadesh Darshan(North-east Circuit)  and PRASAD schemes of the Ministry of Tourism.

Dr Mahesh Sharma said that we need to increase India’s share in world tourism from 0.68 to 1 % by 2020 to realize the full potential of this sector. Tourism helps in women empowerment and youth employment. He reiterated the motto of the Ministry of Tourism ‘Cleanliness, Safety and  Hospitality’.  Dr. Mahesh Sharma also said that the facility of e-visas have been extended to 113 countries and the government will extend it to 150 countries by March next year.