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Bodo to be associate official language

By Staff Reporter

GUWAHATI, Oct 7 - Bodo will be an associate official language for the State of Assam, while a Bodo Kachari Autonomous Welfare Council will be constituted outside the 6th Schedule Area for the welfare of the Bodo community.

The decisions were taken at a meeting of the State Cabinet today. The Cabinet also decided to request the State Election Commission to schedule the BTC elections in December. The health department had earlier said it would not be advisable to the hold the elections before December given the COVID-19 situation in the State.

The State Cabinet also asked the BTC authority to extensively use Assamese along with Bodo and English in sign boards.

The Cabinet further decided that no private agency will be involved in government recruitment processes. Departments themselves will hold the exams or conduct recruitment through State or Central universities.

The number of members of Development Councils has been increased from maximum 25 to 45.

The Cabinet also decided to regularise the services of 4,534 teachers appointed irregularly. APSC regulations have been amended to remove restrictions on the number of women members in APSC.

The Cabinet also decided to provide day boarding facilities and free uniform for children in 428 tea garden-managed schools of Assam.

Two new ranges and 4 beat offices in Majuli were also approved by the Cabinet.

A State PSU Assam Hydrocarbon and Energy Company will acquire 10 per cent participating interest in exploration-cum-production of an OIL Block at Namrup allotted to Oil India Limited for around Rs 30 crore.

The government also decided to acquire 30 bigha government land for setting up a regional centre of National Fisheries Development Board at Amingaon.

Remuneration of gaon burhas has been increased from Rs 6,500 to Rs 9,000 with effect from April this year.

Also, according to another Cabinet decision, students of Barak Valley who have not studied Assamese, Bengali or Bodo, need not appear in qualifying languages in APSC Combined Civil Services Examination.

The Cabinet also decided to give Cabinet rank to the State�s Advocate General, while under Vistarita Kanaklata Mahila Sabalikaran Yojana, the government will provide Rs 50,000 capital subsidy to eligible SHGs.

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