Major moves decided upon by the Assam Cabinet during Gandhi Jayanti

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During Assam Cabinet meeting, led by Chief Minister, Himanta Biswa Sarma, on the occasion of Gandhi Jayanti, several crucial decisions were made with the aim of enhancing the well-being and empowerment of the people of Assam.

The Cabinet allocated reserved positions for the Moran and Matak communities in junior grade recruitment, ensuring their participation and socio-economic advancement. Plans for greenfield site development within the Guwahati metropolitan area, covering villages like Shatikarpa and Maliata, were also initiated.

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A policy is being developed to reserve 5% of MBBS/BDS seats in government medical and dental colleges for students who attended government schools from class VII to X under SEBA and classes XI and XII in state government and provincialized schools under AHSEC. The Assam Public Examination (Measures for Prevention of Unfair Means in Recruitment) Ordinance, 2023, was also approved to maintain examination integrity. Further, a draft notification will soon be published to establish a local area plan (LAP) in areas like Fancy Bazar, Uzan Bazar, and Pan Bazar within the Guwahati metropolitan area.

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Certain colleges will be affiliated with standalone universities, such as Bhattadev University, Rabindranath Tagore University, and Madhabdev University. Moreover, Dr. Banikanta Kakati Merit Award scheme will distribute scooters to students achieving 1st division (for girls) or securing 75% or more marks (for boys) in the HSSLC examination in 2023. Also, the state government is planning to combat plastic waste and environmental pollution and will prohibit PET bottles up to 250 ml for bottled drinking water.

Under the Pradhan Mantri Suraksha Bima Yojana and Pradhan Mantri Jeevan Jyoti Bima Yojana, benefits will now extend to all safai karmacharis in urban local bodies, offering up to Rs 2 lakh in case of death or accidental injury. The state government will bear 100% of the premium for two years under these schemes.

A separate Bajali district, co-terminus with Bajali LAC, will be established. A cabinet sub-committee will identify additional geographical areas that could be included in Bajali district, with the report due within 30 days.

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Starting from October 1, 2023, the minimum wages for tea garden workers have been raised. In the Brahmaputra valley, the minimum wage increased from Rs 232 to Rs 250, and in the Barak valley, it increased from Rs 210 to Rs 228. Additionally, a 20% bonus has been announced by ATCL gardens.

A 3% reservation for candidates from tea tribes  of Assam has been introduced within the overall OBC/MOBC category for recruitment in APSC examination in Grade III and Grade IV positions. This move aims to promote inclusivity and equal opportunities for tea tribe candidates.

These decisions signify Assam’s commitment to inclusive development, education, and environmental responsibility.


Pankaj Luitel is a graduate from Manipur University and loves reading and writing. At MountainEcho, Pankaj contributes to the content team efforts and regularly writes for our website

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