Assam Government on Thursday caved into the popular protest against the proposed MSME ordinance through which the Assam Government sought top give land to anyone who wants to open industry in any land.
Addressing a press conference here today, Industry Minister Chandra Mohan Patowary informed that on July 7 Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal convened a meeting where Advocate General, Additional Advocate General, and Revenue top officials of the state were present.
There it was decided to roll back the controversial provision through which land of all classification was offered to set up industries. According to the decision of the meeting, now the existing law would remain anyone interested to open the industry must go through the existing rules.
In connection to setting up enterprises, the minister said, “Permission will have to be acquired to set up one’s enterprise. The ordinance has undergone modifications. The Governor is yet to sign the revised ordinance”.
Earlier, no permission was required to set up an enterprise for first three years in business. The enterprises can be set up after permission of land acquisition.
Addressing the media, the minister also lauded the efforts of Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal for the development of the state.
Commending the chief minister for doing sufficient work, Patowary said, “Sonowal is the best and efficient chief minister Assam has had so far,” adding, “He has not compromised on the Jaati, Maati, Bheti value of what Assam truly stands for”.
The minister further added arrangements have been made to demarcate and seal the borders of the state and to ensure protection to all the sanctuaries of the state.
With regards to, KMSS leader Akhil Gogoi’s deteriorating health, the minister said, “The government has facilitated for his treatment, however, the report is yet to come if he has tested positive for COVID-19”.