GUWAHATI, Dec 3 � The State Cabinet today decided to form a Group of Ministers (GoM)to examine all issues relating to construction of dam projects. The Chief Minister, Tarun Gogoi will soon announce the names of the members of the GoM.
Government spokesman and State Power Minister Pradyut Bordoloi told The Assam Tribune that in addition to power, various other issues like protection of environment and forests, erosion, floods etc are involved with construction of dam projects. As several dam projects have been mooted in the upper reaches of the river Brahmaputra, the GoM would examine all the related issues.
The Cabinet also decided to reduce the number of Government holidays with effect from the next year. To start with, the government holidays on the occasions of Lakhmi Puja, Kati Bihu and Muharram have been withdrawn and the employees would only enjoy half holidays on these days.
Commenting on the decision to reduce the holidays, Bordoloi said that the Government wanted to give a message to the people on the need for improving work culture as at present, Assam has the highest number of public holidays among all the states of the country.
The Cabinet, which was chaired by Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi, also decided to increase the remuneration of the standing counsels of the Government in different courts.