The Assam Cabinet in its meeting chaired by Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma, here on Wednesday took a slew of important decisions.
Addressing a press conference at the Assam House, state Minister Jayanta Mallabarauh informed that the Cabinet expressed deep grief over the loss of lives in a firing incident at Mukroh village along the Assam-Meghalaya border on Tuesday.
He informed that the Cabinet has decided to request Justice Rumi Phukan to conduct a judicial probe to find out the facts and circumstances that led to the unfortunate incident.
The inquiry will be completed within 60 days, he said. Besides this, the Minister said the Cabinet also decided to hand over the related police investigation to the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI).
He also informed that it was also decided to direct the Home department to prepare SOPs for Police as well as Forest personnel to deal with such situation , and restrain use of lethal weapons while dealing civilian population.
The Assam Cabinet also approved Rs 500 crore to construct 2,000 new Anganwadi centres across the state.
According to the cabinet decisions shared on CM Sarma’s official Twitter handle, the Anganwadi centres will be constructed in rural areas in order to improve childcare services.
The cost of each centre will be Rs 25 lakh and the total cost of all the centres will be Rs 500 crore.
The Assam Cabinet, which held a special sitting at New Delhi, sanctioned Rs 332.59 crore for building a trumpet interchange at Gauripur in North Guwahati to connect NH-17 with the under-construction six-lane road of the bridge on the Brahmaputra.
To boost the handloom sector, administrative approval was granted to set up the College of Sericulture at Titabar in Jorhat at an expenditure of Rs 22.41 crore, the cabinet communique said.
The state cabinet also approved the Holiday List for 2023 that included 38 gazetted holidays, 30 restricted holidays and two half holidays, it added.
Besides, the approval was given to the Assam Trees Outside Forest (Sustainable Management) Rules, 2022, which now allows people to cut 71 species of trees outside five km of a forest without seeking prior permission from authorities concerned.
The cabinet also granted Rs 50 crore to the Jongal Balahu Khetra at Jongal Balahu Archaeological site at Raha in central Assam.
Among others, the Minister said the Cabinet also approved the holiday list for 2023.