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Government Of Assam Transformation and Development

An Overview

Public Private Partnership in Assam: An Overview

Introduction:
Public Private Partnership (PPP) cell, constituted under Planning & Development Department is primarily involved in extending its support to concerned line departments in taking up PPP projects. The support includes identifying, conceptualizing and creating a shelf of projects in consultation with the line Departments and seeking approval of such projects from High Powered Committees from time to time.

PPP Policy
PPP Policy 2008 was notified vide Gazette Notification No. PDP.115/2002/Pt-II/268 dated 16th February, 2008. The policy highlights the broad framework of the PPP processes including setting up of an efficient administrative mechanism to ensure selection of private sector developer through transparent bidding criteria to bring in uniformity in approach cutting across various sectors and departments of the Government.

Projects
As on date, 20 projects have been taken up by various line departments which include 12 projects that have been awarded/under implementation, 7 projects are under DPR preparation/bidding stage and 1 project is under pipeline.

Other Initiatives
An ambitious project viz. 20 Years Perspective Infrastructure Development Plan (PIDP) for the state of Assam under four core infrastructure sectors viz. Industries, Road, Urban & Power is developed to access the current infrastructure. It has also identified around 200 projects across sectors that need to be developed in the short, medium and long term. Presently, Planning & Development Department review the current policy along with other parameters of PPP framework in order to overcome its deficiency and to define clearly on the underlying principles of PPP which can be used by the implementing departments/agencies to conceptualize the overall PPP programmes/projects. In this endeavor, P & D Department under World Bank supported Assam-Public Financial Management Strengthening Project (Finance Department) had already engaged a consulting firm which is likely to submit the reports by September, 2017.

PPP Initiative
To accelerate economic growth, Govt. of Assam has proposed to bring in private sector investment with PPP mode as one of the preferred routes for infrastructure development of the state. In the recent years, Assam has taken several initiatives to encourage development of infrastructure projects through PPP. Some of the major initiatives include-

  • Announced the state PPP policy.
  • PPP cell under the Planning & Development Department has been created to extend support to concerned line departments and other government agencies in taking up PPP projects.
  • A dedicated website on PPP in Assam viz http://www.assamppp.gov.in is developed and hosted to improve monitoring of overall progress pertaining to PPP activities of the state and to share the information among the stakeholders and public at large.
  • A project development fund has been created through state budgetary support to extend financial support to the sponsoring agencies. A brief guideline on PDF utilization process was made available to the sponsoring departments. In the Financial year 2015-16, an amount of Rs 4.08 Crore is budgeted in this account.
  • Planning and Development Department has initiated multi-cornered activities to support capacity building initiatives for development of PPPs in Assam. As of now, around 200 officers of different department and state agencies were trained in the realm of PPP framework. In the meantime, GoA has imitated to tie up with a reputed Training Institute for continuous roll out of training to its officials in the PPP domain.
  • Planning & Development department has empanelled 36 number of Consultants having experience in various fields of PPP to assist in project development process for judiciously and speedy implementation of the projects.
  • Two high powered committees viz. Apex Authority headed by Hon’ble Chief Minister and Empowered Committee on PPP headed by Chief Secretary is constituted for speedy clearances and approval of PPP projects.
  • Government of Assam had taken up an ambitious project to prepare a 20 (twenty) year Perspective Infrastructure Development Plan (PIDP) of core sectors. The study has come up with a road map towards bridging the gaps in current infrastructure and future demand along with envisaged intervention in terms of policy reforms, institutional reforms etc.