The Assam Cabinet met for the fourth time on Tuesday, June 8. The meeting was chaired by Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma and several key decisions were taken.
Aomg these decisions, the first was concerning state awards. The Asom Ratna Award will be conferred to one person every year who has made a pivotal contribution to the society. An amount of 5 lakh rupees will also be given to the awardee. Similarly, Asom Bibhushan Award will be conferred to three individuals every year. The awardees in this category will also be given 3 lakh rupees each. Next, the Asom Bhushan Award will be conferred to five people every year. This award too comes with a cash reward of 2 lakh rupees for each of the awardees. Finally, the Asom Shree Award will be conferred to ten individuals every year. It will also carry a prize money of 1 lakh rupees for each awardee. The awardees will also receive additional benefits like free treatment of critical illnesses, free stay at Asom Bhawans and free travel in ASTC buses.
The Cabinet has also decided that a Literary pension will be conferred every year on December 7, the birth anniversary of eminent litterateur Homen Borgohain. A Sports pension will be conferred on September 3, the birth anniversary of Arjun Bhogeswar Barua. An Artiste Award will be conferred on January 17 every year. Winners of these awards will be announced 7 days before the award ceremony.
The Cabinet has also resolved to allot land measuring 35 bigha 2 katha 2 lecha to the management under Batadrava Than Cultural and Tourism Project. Cultural Minister Bimal Bora will be visiting the site every month to review the progress of the project.
Keeping in mind Assam’s annual flood issue, the Cabinet has considered simplification of the flood damage assessment process and repairing of infrastructure. Appropriate action can be taken by DCs of the concerned area in this regard between April 1 and October 31, it was decided.
Further, pictures of the President, Prime Minister and Gopinath Bordoloi are to be hung in all government offices.
In the meeting, a committee was also formed to utilise 77 thousand bighas of government land freed from encroachers at Gorukhuti, Sipajhar in Darrang for agricultural purposes. This task will be headed by MLA Padma Hazarika.
In a bid to eradicate overloading by trucks carrying coal, the cabinet has also made it mandatory to check the weight of trucks at Digharkhal and Srirampur inter-state borders. The practice will continue on pilot basis till March 31.