The Assam Cabinet voted on Friday to change rules to improve women’s representation in municipal authorities by giving them a 10-year reservation so that they can participate more effectively in decision-making.
Decision taken by the cabinet
According to Water Resources Minister Pijush Hazarika, the meeting, led by Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma, decided to change the Assam Municipal Act, 1956, and the Guwahati Municipal Corporation Act, 1969 for the purpose.
Mr Hazarika said the Cabinet also resolved to grant government jobs to the families of two people who perished in the Majuli boat disaster on September 8, Indreswar Bora and Parismita Das.
It was also resolved to amend the Assam Jail Service Rules, 1986, to change the minimum educational requirement for the position of female warden under the Directorate of Prisons from a high school diploma to a high school diploma (HSLC).
The Cabinet also approved a proposal to create the Assam Agroforestry Development Board, which will encourage farmers to plant trees on their land and act as a platform for forming partnerships between farmers, industry, and other stakeholders.
The Assam Procurement Preference Policy, 2021, was adopted by the Cabinet, under which local micro and small businesses, as well as state start-ups, will be given preference.
In addition, the Council of Ministers decided to establish a super specialty hospital on its campus in conjunction with IIT Guwahati.