Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi on Friday asked Prime Minister Narendra Modi to restore Special Category status for Assam and other Northeastern states.
Gogoi, who wrote a letter to the prime minister also requested his intervention for a change in the funding pattern of the Centrally Sponsored Schemes. “Change in funding pattern of the Centrally Sponsored Schemes has retarded the pace of development in the Assam,” an official press release quoting Gogoi’s letter said.
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The Assam chief minister reiterated his opposition to the BJP-led government’s suspension of Special Category status for Assam and the other Northeastern States and said that the common people are suffering because of this.
The letter also stated that the Centre should also revert to the previously prevalent funding pattern for the Centrally Sponsored Schemes so that the development pace in the states of the region did not suffer.