GUWAHATI: The Himanta Biswa Sarma-led Assam government has taken some ambitious schemes to accelerate development in the rural areas of the state.
On Wednesday, the state cabinet meeting has approved Rs. 400 crore against various rural area welfare and development schemes.
The government revealed that crop storage would be set up in rural areas to help people.
Also, the government has aimed to distribute 2, 671 small rice mills to the rural people. The cabinet was also approved to distribute 125 joint paddy cutting machines.
Apart from these welfare schemes, the government would distribute 1000 mini-trucks among the rural area beneficiaries.
Currently, the Assam government has been implementing the Chief Minister's Samagra Gramya Yojana for the overall development of village area people.
Further, the stamp duty that was imposed on loans has been waived for street vendors who were hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic. This decision was taken by the cabinet under PM Street Vendor's Atma Nirbhar Nidhi.
Speaking to the media about the key decisions of the cabinet, the Health Minister of Assam Keshab Mahanta said that the street vendors would now be able to sanction loans that amount to Rs. 10000 without the additional stamp duty or other charges. This would also speed up the process of the disbursal of loans.