Sitharaman to Visit Poll-Bound Assam on February 6


Guwahati:  Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman too is scheduled to visit Guwahati on February 6 and be present at a programme where money will be given to the bank accounts of eight lakh tea garden workers in the state, SAra told press conference here.

Sitharaman will distribute Rs.3000 each to 8 lakh labourers with an expense of Rs. 280 crores at an event to be held at Khanapara Veterinary field.

In the February 6 function where Sitharaman will be the chief guest, the state government will transfer Rs 3,000 each to the bank accounts of eight lakh tea garden workers which will involve an expenditure of Rs 2.4 crore, Sarma said.

“Post-demonetisation and opening of bank accounts, we have been depositing Rs 2,500 in each account. This year we have increased it to Rs 3,000,” he said.

The union minister will also deliberate on the budget at the function, he added.

A major event lined up for Friday is the appointment of 29,701 teachers and non-teaching staff by the state government, Sarma said.

The appointments will be made in two categories – in newly and recently provincialised schools where 16,484 teachers and non-teaching staff will be given appointment, while another 13,216 new appointments will be given at the level of lower, upper primary levels and Sarva Siksha Abhhiyan along with assitant teachers at the secondary level, he said.

Five thousand more teachers will get appointment. Their verification process is pending, he said.

The Minister said that a blue-print is also being prepared to appoint language teachers in the state with the focus of tribal languages and of the tea garden communities.

Referring to the ongoing COVID-19 vaccination programme, Sarma, who is also the state health minister, said Assam is “doing extremely well” and is jabbing more than expected with the daily target being exceeded in most of the places.