Assam to hire McKinsey to boost economic growth
Guwahati: Assam hopes to tap the expertise of well-known consulting firm McKinsey to chart plans to boost the state’s economy.
“We have held one round of talks with McKinsey and we are very much interested to hire them to help us formulate plans for attaining a balanced economic growth in the state,” Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi told journalists here Sunday.
“We are ready to spend money and hire the firm and our primary objective is to see how we can achieve all-round development of our state,” the chief minister said.
Gogoi said McKinsey could help chalk out plans to ease the growing unemployment problem.
“My immediate priority is to see how best we can develop sectors like agriculture and generate employment,” he said.
The chief minister said his government was not according the top priority to set in an IT revolution like other states.
“First I want to set in order village schools and generate employment. To set up an IT university or a college is my second or third priority,” he said. “I want to provide drinking water facilities, healthcare and other basic amenities first to my people.”
Gogoi, however, said during last six years his government was able to change the mindset of the people with development now being the catchword.
“Now you find people like (Infosys Technologies chief N.R. Narayana) Murthy coming to Assam to explore possibilities of setting up centres here,” the chief minister said.
The Infosys founder was in Guwahati over the weekend and said his firm was ready to set up a base in Assam if the state government provided basic infrastructures. “We told him we could provide what we want in a few years time. A five-star hotel is coming up in Assam very soon,” Gogoi said.