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PM Narendra Modi launches 5 mega projects in Assam worth Rs 3,222 crore

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday dedicated to the nation Rs 3,222 crore five mega gas and oil based projects and education in Assam.

While speaking at an impressive public gathering at Silapathar in eastern Assam’s Dhemaji district, the Prime Minister said that the Centre and Assam government are working together for the all-round development of the state and maximum welfare of the people. Asserting the need to continue with the double engine of Centre and state government to expedite development in Assam, he said : “The Assam government is taking forward all sectors and would soon implement the national education policy whereby the local people will be able to get medical and engineering education in the local language.”

Modi said : “Those who ruled for decades since Independence believed Dispur was too distant from Delhi. Dilli ab door nahi, aapke darwaaze par hai (Delhi is not faraway now, it stands at your doorstep. The earlier governments adopted a step-motherly approach to Assam’s north bank (of Brahmaputra River) and neglected connectivity, health, education, infrastructure and industry.”

While addressing the gathering Union Minister for Petroleum and Natural Gas Dharmendra Pradhan said that Rs 95,000 crore will be invested in Assam’s gas and oil sector for the projects initiated by the Prime Minister on Monday.

Pradhan said that the earlier Congress-led UPA government headed by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh despite him representing Assam in the Parliament, did nothing to utilise the gas and oil resources for the benefit of Assam and the country.

The Prime Minister dedicated the nation the INDMAX Unit at Indian Oil’s Bongaigaon Refinery, Oil India Limited’s Secondary Tank Farm at Madhuban in Dibrugarh district and a Gas Compressor Station at Hebeda Village (Makum) in Tinsukia district.

The INDMAX unit at Indian Oil’s Bongaigaon Refinery leverages the technology developed indigenously by Indian Oil-R & D to produce a higher LPG and high-Octane Gasoline yield from heavy feed stocks. The unit will increase the Refinery’s crude processing capacity from 2.35 MMTPA (million metric tonnes per annum) to 2.7 MMTPA.

Its commissioning will also significantly enhance LPG production from 50 TMT (thousand metric tonnes) to 257 TMT and the Motor Spirit (Petrol) production from 210 TMT to 533 TMT.

Oil India Limited’s Secondary Tank Farm has been built for safe storage of about 40,000 Kilo Litres of Crude Oil, and the separation of formation water from Wet Crude Oil. The Rs 490 crore project will also have a Dehydration unit with an operating capacity of 10,000 Kilo Litres per day.

The Gas Compressor Station at Makum in Tinsukia district will increase the nation’s crude oil production capacity by nearly 16500 Metric Tonne per annum. Built at Rs 132 Crore, the station comprises 3 Low-Pressure Booster Compressors and 3 High-Pressure Lifter Compressors.

“These projects would usher in an era of energy security and prosperity and open bright avenues of opportunity for local youth. They are in line with the Prime Minister’s vision of “Purvodaya” to drive Eastern India’s socio-economic growth,” an official release said.

PM Modi also inaugurated the Dhemaji Engineering College and laid the foundation stone for Sualkuchi Engineering College in Dhemaji district.

The Dhemaji Engineering College has been built on 276 bighas of land, at the cost of about Rs 45 Crore. It is the seventh Government Engineering College in the state and will offer B.Tech courses in Civil, Mechanical and Computer Science. The Sualkuchi Engineering College, whose foundation stone was laid, will be built on 116 bighas of land at a cost of about Rs 55 crore.

Assam Governor Jagdish Mukhi, Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal and state Finance and Health Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma also spoke in the gatherings.

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Ram Nath Kovind to reach Madhya Pradesh for 2-day visit on March 6

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President Ram Nath Kovind is set to embark on a two-day visit to Madhya Pradesh in which he would be participating in events organised in Jabalpur and Damoh districts. The preparations by the state administration for the President’s arrival are going on in full swing.

According to official information, Kovind would reach Jabalpur on March 6 in a special aircraft. He would be attending the All India State Judicial Academies’ Directors’ Retreat Programme and the Narmada Mahaarti at Gwarighat.

Tight security arrangements have been made at the aarti venue at Umaghat in Gwarighat. Divisional Commissioner B. Chandrashekhar and Inspector General of Police Bhagwat Singh Chouhan reached Umaghat and reviewed the arrangements.

President Kovind will visit Damoh district on March 7. Commissioner of Sagar Division, Mukesh Shukla, reached Singrampur village and issued the necessary guidelines.

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Goa government corporations work on plans for self reliance: Pramod Sawant

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The Goa government’s major corporation, the Goa State Infrastructure Development Corporation has been directed to come up with concrete plans to bid for central government infrastructure projects in the near future, Chief Minister Pramod Sawant said on Friday.

Sawant also said that the other top corporations like the Goa Tourism Development Corporation and the Economic Development Corporation had also been directed to come up with ways to make the government-funded bodies self-reliant, in sync with the Goa government’s maxim of ‘Swarampurna Goa’

“I have asked the GSIDC to follow the Government of India model, where it allots works to public sector undertakings. The Corporation can approach the Indian Railways, the Indian Navy, the Goa Shipyard (a Defence Ministry
undertaking) to take up works,” Sawant said.

The Corporation is a special purpose vehicle of the Government of Goa set up in the early 2000s for speedy implementation of infrastructure projects, envisaged by the government, including roads, bridges, fly-overs, bus-stands, hospitals, tourism-related projects, etc, in Goa.

Sawant also said that other government Corporations had also been asked to submit a pre-budget proposal for incorporating the principle of self reliance in their functioning.

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AAP again exposed on farm laws issue: Punjab CM

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Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh on Friday lashed out at the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) for once again exposing its “true colours” on the issue of the farm laws and the farmers’ agitation by walking out of the House before the resolution seeking repeal of the legislations was put to vote.

In a statement issued here, the Chief Minister said that the party had never been truly concerned about protecting the farmers or their interests, and its leadership again proved itself to be an agent of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), with whom AAP national convenor and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal was colluding against the agitating farmers.

Amarinder Singh, who had earlier in the House shown to the members a copy of the Delhi gazette notification implementing one of the three farm laws, reiterated that the party was cheating the farmers with its false propaganda in their support.

The fact is that they have repeatedly backstabbed the farmers, and have done so ago, he said, recalling AAP’s earlier U-turns also on the issue in Punjab.

In the House earlier, AAP members had rushed into the well before staging a walk-out, alleging that the Chief Minister was a member of the high-powered committee set up by the Centre on agricultural reforms and hence party to the decision on the farm laws.

Even though the Chief Minister himself made it clear that he was not present at any meeting of the committee, where his minister Manpreet Badal had attended one meeting while another was participated by an officer and Manpreet also categorically stated that the state government was not aware of the Ordinances, the AAP chose to create a ruckus in the House on the issue.

It was evident, Amarinder Singh said later, that the AAP was not interested in the truth but wanted to continue with its malicious agenda of spreading misinformation on the issue.

As pointed out by Manpreet Singh in the House, the Chief Minister said that all the minutes of the committee meetings were available as the state government had placed them in the House.

Further, at both the meetings held after Punjab was included in the committee following his letter to the Centre, his government had categorically cautioned the Centre against tinkering with the minimum support price (MSP) in any way, he added.

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