Eye on polls, Assam CM releases ‘Vision Assam-2030’

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Guwahati, Feb 10 (IANS) With an eye on the forthcoming assembly election, Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi on Wednesday unveiled a draft vision document titled “Vision Assam-2030: Everything for Everyone-Achieving inclusive and Sustainable Development”.

Unveiling the document at a function at the Assam Administrative Staff College, he said it envisions a transformed future for the people of Assam, free from all forms of deprivation, inequities and insecurity to be achieved within the next 15 years.

With this, Assam has become the “first state in the world” to have a vision document on Sustainable Development Goals, Gogoi claimed.

“This has been one of the long-felt desires of the government for immaculately articulating a development vision where all the people of Assam become stakeholders and they participate in the development process of the state.

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“I am committed to realise Vision Assam-2030 where environment and development goes in sync with the other,” Gogoi said.

He said it will give a structured, broad framework to give a direction to all efforts of the government to eradicate poverty, illiteracy, hunger for ensuring health lives and achieving gender equality through women empowerment.

“Though there are problems, we need to find remedies to the problems to realise an Assam where inclusive and sustainable development becomes the crux of the society,” Gogoi said while seeking cooperation from sections of the society to extend their cooperation for the document.

Gogoi said that Jeffrey Sachs, one of the stakeholders of the Sustainable Development Goals, interacted with him over Skype from New York and lauded the Assam government’s achievement on being the first state in the world to have a vision framework for Sustainable Development Goals.

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Sachs also informed him that he will share the Vision Assam-2030 with the UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon.

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