The State Innovation and Transformation Aayog (SITA), Assam has prepared an assessment and strategy report on the socio-economic impact of Covid-19 on the state for an effective time-bound strategy to take forward the development agenda.

Taking the initiative to make an urgent action for an effective time-bound strategy to take forward the development agenda following Covid-19 outbreak and aftermath, SITA has engaged international consultancy services organisations for preparing a paper considering the importance of agriculture, its allied activities like veterinary, dairy, and fishery sectors in the state’s economy.

SITA under the initiative of its Vice-Chairman Dipok Kumar Barthakur has initiated an urgent action plan to take forward the development agenda of the state following Covid-19 outbreak and aftermath, the official said.

Accordingly, SITA CEO Nitin Khade has been coordinating with senior officials of the government, experts and professionals in the respective fields of study to assess the socio-economic impact from the current global health crisis, a state government release said on Monday.

Accordingly, Chief Executive Officer of SITA Nitin Khade has been coordinating with senior officials of the government, experts, and professionals in the respective fields of study to assess the socio-economic impact of the current global health crisis.

All these studies were taken up during the lockdown period in April and all the processes relating to data sharing, correspondence, direction, and decision-making, were initiated through IT-enabled platforms.

The outcome of the strategy report for the state with help and support from departments or organisations and experts concerned in respective areas of specialisation should serve the state government in chalking out its action plan at micro and macro level to meet the challenges facing the state, the release said.

Considering the importance of agriculture, its allied activities like veterinary, dairy, fishery sectors in the state’s economy, a sector-specific strategy paper is also under preparation by an international consultancy services organisation with the help and support of all related government departments and agencies.

For another important sector of the states, major concern is the Tea Industry. The 180-year-old tea industry of Assam has faced a loss of over Rs 1,000 crore during the Covid-19 lockdown period.

SITA took up the responsibility and is working on a strategy paper for the state government by engaging multinational organisations with support from government departments including tea industry organisations.

(With PTI inputs)

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