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Industry bodies hail Assam budget for FY22

Industry bodies hail Assam budget for FY22
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Guwahati, Jul 17 (PTI) Industry bodies on Saturday

hailed the Assam budget for 2021-22 fiscal as "forward-

looking" and "people-centric" one with focus on agriculture,

rural economy and infrastructure development.

They also praised the state government for not

imposing new tax amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

The government on Friday presented the Rs 566 crore

deficit budget for 2021-22 in the state assembly, proposing

one lakh government jobs and no new taxes.

The maiden budget of the Himanta Biswa Sarma

government was tabled by Ajanta Neog, the state''s first-ever

woman finance minister.

FICCI Northeast Advisory Council chairman Ranjit

Barthakur said the budget is "forward looking with no

additional tax burden at a very difficult time".

He welcomed the state''s focus on agriculture, rural

economy and infrastructure development under the Asom Mala

initiative.

The industry veteran also praised the initiatives

taken for the tea workers like provision of piped drinking

water connections.

FICCI Assam State Council chairman Dipankar Barua

said, "This is a very progressive and responsive budget.

Several recommendations made by the industry have received due

consideration."

The government has decided to address the difficulties

faced by the unorganised sector, particularly small traders

and craftsmen by giving them a one-time grant.

"The decision to provide social security to motor

transport workers and small tea garden labourers is also

welcome," he added.

Barua lauded the plan to develop 100 industrial parks

and the decision to create Nano Incubation Centres for

industries at Silchar, Bongaigaon, Tezpur and Dibrugarh.

ICC, in a separate press statement, said it is a

"people-centric budget" and hoped that actions would be taken

at the grassroots.

"Allocation of Rs 40 crore as financial assistance to

families who have lost one or more members to COVID-19 truly

depicts the empathetic attitude of the current government

towards Assam''s population," the industry body said.

The tax waive on medicines and other equipment dealing

with COVID-19 were also welcomed by the industry association.

It also lauded the endeavour to fill up one lakh

vacancies across 48 state government departments. PTI SSG

BDC BDC


Disclaimer :- This story has not been edited by Outlook staff and is auto-generated from news agency feeds. Source: PTI

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