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Assam Cabinet: Here are some major takeaways from this week

GUWAHATI: The Assam Cabinet on Thursday has taken some major decisions regarding farmers, tea garden workers and administrative reforms under the chairmanship of Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma.
Here are the major takeaways:

• Under PM-KISAN benefits, farmers having annual patta (Eksonia Patta), Touji Patta, farmers cultivating in Devottar land, farmers will be eligible to get land patta under Forest Rights Act. Small tea growers and horticulture farmers will also be eligible for PM-KISAN benefits.

• Education Reformation by involving Panchayati Raj institutions to include district level Vigilance and Monitoring Committee formed with Zila Parishad President as Chairman. Block Level Vigilance and Monitoring Committee to be formed with Anchalik Panchayat President as Chairman.

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• The cabinet decided to give allotment to the Deputy Commissioners for silt extraction from river basin. Existing rules of Environment & Forest Dept to prevail in case of extraction of sand and stones.

• Under administrative reforms, the cabinet approved the formation of financial committees. A Departmental Finance Committee to be formed to sanction projects up to Rs 2 crore. It would hold meeting every Monday. Standing Finance Committee headed by Chief Secretary to sanction projects of Rs 2-10 crore. Committee is supposed to hold meeting every Tuesday.

A Special Standing Finance Committee headed by Finance Minister to give appraisal of projects of Rs 10-100 crore and get approved by Chief Minister. The committee is supposed to hold meeting every Thursday. Department to place projects above Rs 100 crore directly in the Cabinet.

• The formation of new Indigenous and Tribal Faith & Culture department approved with three directorates under it. These are Directorate of Archaeology, Directorate of Museum and Directorate of Historical & Antiquarian Studies.

•Former MP & Union Minister Rajen Gohain has been appointed as Chairman of Food & Civil Supply Corporation under Food, Civil Supplies & Consumer Affairs Dept. with rank of Cabinet Minister.

•Prof Dr Nani Gopal Mahanta, Professor of Gauhati University has been appointed as Advisor of Education Dept with rank of Minister of State.

•Under Jal Jeevan Misson, Deputy Commissioners has been authorised to utilise funds up to Rs 10 crore with approval of in-charge Minister of the district.

•To constitute a Standing Committee headed by DC to deal with all issues related to JJM implementation.

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