3-day 'Chintan Shivir' of State government begins
GUWAHATI: Noted spiritual leader Sadhguru has laid emphasis on making Assam 'an aspirational' state and said this is eminently possible due to "fantastic Nature, superb administration, able Chief Minister and favourable Central Government".
Speaking on the inaugural day of the three-day 'Chintan Shivir' of the state government at Kaziranga on Saturday, Sadhguru said, "If 3.5 crore people take up the challenge, nothing is impossible. People will want to live here and not run to other places. We have to create an environment where you give Rs 10 and get back Rs 100."
Sadhguru said that things have been going in the wrong direction through destruction of the environment and various species of flora and fauna. The next generation will find it impossible to live because the resources that are being destroyed cannot be retrieved later, he said.
"First we need to change ourselves. Focus on ourselves. We are still following the colonial system of education. The education system needs to be transformed," he told the Chintan Shivir.
Sadhguru expressed the opinion that eco-tourism is the way forward for Assam because it does not destroy the environment, but instead of copying other models a unique development model needs to be prepared. "The seven states (of the Northeast) can become a unique region of tourism before 2026," Sadhguru added.
Meanwhile, Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma said in his address that the government will prepare a detailed road-map for the short-term future, i.e., till 2026. He said that for various reasons Assam lagged behind other states after Independence in 1947. He said that the mentality of successive ministers and bureaucrats was one of the main reasons why Assam lagged behind other states. They lacked the vision and conviction that Assam too could achieve big things, Sarma said.
Sarma said that the people of Assam must shed the mentality of ignoring their own shortcomings and blaming the Central government for all ills. "The Centre has given adequate funds to Assam, but we had earlier failed to utilize them properly on time," he said.
The Chief Minister said that the need of the hour is to lift Assam to the level where it will no longer have clamour for Central assistance. "If we have to make Assam one of the most developed states of the country, then we must put in collective effort with both responsibility and accountability," Sarma said.
It may be mentioned that the brainstorming camp is being attended by ministers and top bureaucrats of the state along with resource persons from other states. Sri Sri Ravi Shankar is also likely to attend the event.