The State Government is ticking all the right boxes in creating an ecosystem of investment, entrepreneurship, and innovation in Assam. In fact, the homework was done in the last couple of years or so by this dispensation which came to power based on some bold policy promises. In the recent months, investment announcements followed by signing of MoUs, and works related to the infrastructure required for all these can be seen at the ground. Early in the month, PepsiCo did a bhoomi pujan for its sixth plant in the country to be set up in Nalbari. The fact that one of the biggest names in FMCG is keen on Assam in a big way sends all the right signals to other investors that all is well on the “Eastern” front.
Again, the Chief Minister has been proactive in ensuring that his Government emits the right signal to attract big ticket investors. He has been continuously talking of a vastly improved law and order scene in the State both in the State and outside it. This was one area of concern for decades to investors who saw firsthand the problems during the heydays of the insurgency movement in Assam. The policy decision of encouraging 2 lakh youth to enter the innovation and entrepreneurship ecosystem by the Government will go a long way in setting the base for ancillary units and MSMEs, which are so vital for a climate of industry, employment, and growth to blossom in any State.
What the Government now needs to do is to walk the talk on all these policy actions and intents announced by it. Nothing works better than word of mouth coming from big players in the world of investors and investment. It would be a shame if, for any reason, the State cannot cash on the climate of an entrepreneurial ecosystem created by the present dispensation.