Gogoi who was addressing a press conference added that the State Government’s push was on developing and sustaining a ‘green economy’ and large industries did not fit into that model.
Gogoi also presented a handout quoting from a Planning Commission report which showed Assam to have achieved 6th highest rate of development in economic growth among the States of the country during 2001-2010.
Gogoi said that “Big industries require huge space and we are not in a position to acquire large areas for industries. And I personally do not favour heavy industries in the State. Our emphasis is on having a green economy driven by small, nonpolluting industries like food processing, horticulture and agro-based industries, handloom and handicrafts, etc., besides tourism.”
Quoting a Planning Commission report, the Chief Minister said that Assam had made pleasing progress in the past 10 years with a growth rate that was better than even developed States like Gujarat.