Assam Industry and Commerce Minister Chandra Mohan Patowary on December 28th, 2019 said that Assam has incurred loss in the foreign investment outlook post the violence during the anti-CAA protests in the state.
The Minister added that investment plans worth Rs 2,000 crore each with potential investment groups–Norway and Hungary have shown their reservations at present.
“Foreign companies have expressed fear to invest in Assam. Even the companies with investment proposals have now expressed their reservations” said Patowary while addressing the media.
“The Congress and the left groups in the name of CAA protests have interrupted in the development of the state” he added.
It may be mentioned that Assam witnessed one of the worst protests after the “Anti-Assam” bill was passed in the Rajya Sabha earlier this month. Curfew was imposed, internet services were suspended keeping in view of the law and order situation of the state.
Thousands of seething protesters defied the curfew in Guwahati and took to the streets against the CAA, prompting police to open fire. The Guwahati-Shillong (GS) Road had turned into a veritable war zone as protesters vandalised shops and buildings, damaged road divider railings, defaced newly-painted walls, burnt tyres and clashed with security forces.
However, normalcy returned to the state as curfew was lifted and mobile internet services were restored in the state on December 20th, 2019.
The Minister also stressed on Centre’s plan to implement Clause 7 of the Assam Accord, which aims at upliftment of state’s economy, besides implementation of the Clause 6 aimed at providing constitutional safeguards to the indigenous people.