Assam Cabinet approves simplified flood-damage assessment, property repair
In a major administrative reform, the Assam Cabinet on Tuesday approved simplification of flood-damage assessment and repair of infrastructure/property, authorising the district magistrates to take action within a seven-month timeframe.
Earlier, the arrangement of funds sanctioned against flood damages was cumbersome, as it involved collection of estimated damage (infrastructure/livestock) by circle officers/mandals to the sanction of funds by the revenue department.
"However, deputy commissioners have now been authorised to take necessary action in this regard within the timeframe of April 1 to October 31,” state health minister and Cabinet spokesperson Keshab Mahanta informed newsmen at Janata Bhawan here.
Besides, for smooth implementation of Batadrava Than Cultural and Tourism Project, Cabinet approved allotment of additional land measuring 35 bigha 2 katha 2 lecha to the management committee. Cultural affairs minister Bimal Bora will visit and review the status of the project every month.
The Cabinet also recommended holding the first Budget Session of the present Assam Legislative Assembly from July 12, 2021, Mahanta said.
Cabinet spokesperson and minister Pijush Hazarika informed that a committee, comprising MPs and MLAs among others, has been formed to oversee the process of utilisation of 77,000 bighas of government land freed from encroachers at Gorukhuti, Sipajhar in Darrang for agriculture purposes.
Among others, the Cabinet decided to institute the Asom Ratna Award to be presented every year to one person who has made significant contributions to society.
The Cabinet also instituted the Asom Bibhushan Award to be presented to three persons, Assam Bhushan to five persons and Asom Shree to 10 persons every year.
(Edited by Christopher Gatphoh)
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