State Cabinet approves Population Bill

Staff Reporter
 GUWAHATI, Aug 31 – The State Cabinet today approved the Assam State Population Bill. The Bill focuses more on women empowerment, said Industries Minister Chandra Mohan Patowary.

The Cabinet, he said, has also approved the proposal for allotment of a plot of land measuring 32 bighas in Beltola area of the city for construction of an International Trade Centre comprising two towers with 65 storeys.

A proposal to set up the second unit of the Assam Petrochemicals Ltd with an outlay of Rs 1,337 crore has also been approved by the Cabinet in its meeting here today.

In a major shift from the existing policy of providing appointment to eligible family members of the deceased State government employees, the Cabinet today decided that instead of such appointments on compassionate ground, families of the deceased government employees will get the last pay of such employees till the time of their retirement. This policy would come into force with effect from April 1, 2017, the Cabinet stated in its decision.

The Bill for setting up of the Majuli University of Culture was also approved by the Cabinet today. It approved the proposal for formation of the Assam State Capital Region, too. In another decision, it said that all tols functioning under the Sanskrit Board would now come under the Kumar Bhaskar Barma Sanskrit University and the Sanskrit Board would be merged with the Board of Secondary Education, Assam (SEBA). The University will prepare the curriculum of the tols and conduct their examinations, said the Cabinet.

The Bills for setting up three new universities – Bhattadev University, Madhabdev University and Rabindranath Tagore University – were also approved by the Cabinet today.

Besides, it approved the Assam Employees PRONAM Bill, 2017, Municipal Administration Reforms Bill and enhancement of the allowances in the Construction Workers’ Welfare Fund.

The Cabinet decision to approve the Municipal Administrative Reforms Bill has paved the way for all the municipal bodies to draw officers from the administrative service, fire service and the engineering service.

The Cabinet also said in one of its decisions today that all Ministers and senior officers would visit all flood-hit areas from September 15 onwards and extend necessary support for implementation of the Swacch Bharat Mission.

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