GUWAHATI: The Assam Cabinet has taken a series of decisions including destroying around 2,479 rhino horns.
Today Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma on his Twitter shared that in order to bust the myth about rhino horns and resultant poaching, out of 2,623 rhino horns, 2,479 stockpiled in State Treasuries to be destroyed by consigning them to flames in public. 94 horns to be preserved as heritage pieces for academic purposes while 50 horns will be reserved for court cases.
Cabinet also decided to reopen schools for Class 10 students from September 20 onwards.
To benefit low-income groups, "The Guwahati Municipal Corporation (Licensing of Rickshaws Pullers) Bye-Laws, 1976" to be repealed to the effect that there is no registration in respect of rickshaws, thelas, hand-pulled cars etc.
The Assam cabinet also sanctioned Rs. 379 crore under Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojana to pay the insurance premium of the farmers.
Horticulture Nursery, Ulubari, Guwahati and Ulubari Nursery under Assam Seeds Corporation Ltd to be converted into state-of-the-art facilities.
Rs 250 crore sanctioned for Assam Infrastructure Funding Agency (AIFA) for taking up infrastructure-related projects.
In another decision, Assam cabinet has declared Karam Puja, a major festival of tea tribe community of Assam, on September 17 a state holiday.
Also, a post of Chief Engineer PWD (Health & Education) was created to expedite all health and educational infrastructure projects undertaken by the PWD in the state.