Guwahati: In the weekly Assam Cabinet meeting held under the leadership of Chief Minister Dr. Himanta Biswa Sarma , the government took several key decisions including the approval of a total of Rs 1718 crore for power connectivity in the state’s rural areas..

The key decisions taken in the Cabinet meeting are:

  • Reviewed the Cabinet’s decision to close Fair Price (FP) shops with 50 or less NFSA Ration Cards in designed to help widows and specially-abled FP store owners to keep their businesses open.
  • 48,231 Anganbadi kendras will be connected to the power grid.
  • Directorate of Indigenous and Tribal Faith and Culture, Assam and its subordinate offices will be created.
  • Approved implementation of smart metering project for installing 6,20,100 smart meters to improve billing process and energy accounting reducing commercial losses.
  • Proposed for release of Rs 120.00 crore as grant-in-aid to Moitri Society under the Mission for Overall Improvement of Thana for Responsive Image (MOITRI) scheme in 2021-2022.
  • Approved the draft notification on Code of Wages Assam Rules 2021.
  • To improve voltage and reduce power distribution losses, 9,000 distribution transformers, 70 pre-fabricated compact sub-stations (PCSS), 11 power transformers, and 4,200 damaged distribution transformers would be procured and installed at a cost of Rs 250.08 crore.
  • At a cost of Rs 1718.18 crore, 4.80,249 un-electrified households would be electrified – 4,09,050 on-grid families and 71,199 off-grid households.
  • Labour department to explore possibility of exempting wages of Tea Garden Workers from the purview of national Level Floor Wage as envisaged in Code of Wages, 2019.
  • Creating of Sissi Tangani Tribal Belt in Dhemaji district with 89 revenue villages.
  • Estimate for project preparation and implementation of the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB)-aided Assam Secondary Road Network Improvement Project (ASRIP) has received administrative approval.
  • To promote the management and protection of tigers and biodiversity in the Orang Tiger Reserve, the Orang Tiger Conservation Foundation Trust will be established under Section 38(X) of the Wildlife Protection Act, 1972.
  • PCCF Wildlife will fulfill the Trust’s registration requirements.