GUWAHATI: In a significant move, the state cabinet of Assam, in its latest session, has given the nod for a public holiday on Ali Aye Ligang day. This holiday will be observed in 10 districts, namely Dhemaji, Lakhimpur, Majuli, Biswanath, Sonitpur, Golaghat, Jorhat, Sibsagar, Dibrugarh, and Tinsukia. This decision reflects the government's commitment to cultural observances and regional celebrations.
Another notable decision involves the settlement of land in favor of 3,576 indigenous, landless families. Spread across nine districts—Morigaon, Kamrup (Metro), Kamrup, Goalpara, Lakhimpur, Sonitpur, Darrang, Tinsukia, and Dhemaji—this initiative falls under Mission Basundhara 2.0. The move aims to empower local communities by providing them with essential resources and promoting sustainable development.
The cabinet has also given the green light for the creation of the Khasi-Jaintia Development Council, emphasizing the government's focus on regional development and the welfare of specific ethnic communities.
Furthermore, the state government is set to submit a proposal to the Ministry of Tribal Affairs, Government of India. The proposal seeks the inclusion of 'Biate' as a separate entry and the exclusion of 'Biate, Biete' from the list under "7. Any Kuki Tribes including" in the schedule to the Constitution (ST) Order, 1950, as amended. This move reflects the government's dedication to recognizing and addressing the diverse tribal identities within the state.
In a progressive step towards environmental sustainability, the cabinet has decided to promote electric vehicles (EVs). Citizens purchasing EVs will benefit from a two-percentage-point reduction on the existing tax rate on Motor Vehicle Tax (non-transport). This incentive is applicable until March 31, 2025, from the date of notification. The initiative aims to encourage the adoption of eco-friendly transportation methods, aligning with global efforts to reduce carbon emissions.
These multifaceted decisions by the Assam state cabinet showcase a comprehensive approach to governance, encompassing cultural considerations, land empowerment, tribal inclusion, and a commitment to environmental sustainability. The collective impact is poised to shape the socio-economic landscape of the state positively.