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'Bajali' to become the 34th full-fledged district of Assam

For creation of a new district to be named as 'Bajali', the Assam govt had sought the 'No Objection Certificate' from the Registrar General of India

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Assam CM Sarbananda Sonowal

Sentinel Digital Desk

Guwahati: The Assam cabinet today approved a proposal to make Bajali the 34th full-fledged district of Assam. Bajali is currently a Civil subdivision under the Barpeta district.

The decision was taken at a meeting of the Assam Cabinet that was held earlier today at the administrative staff college in Khanapara, Guwahati.

10 officials have been appointed in the new district, and a further 85 posts have been created in Bajali to pave way for a new administration.

Several key decisions were taken in today's Cabinet meeting by the minister; the primary decisions are as follows:

At today's meet, the Cabinet decided to increase the remuneration of the honorary librarians. The librarians' remuneration shall now be hiked from Rs 500 to Rs 12,000. Similarly, the librarians' assistants shall now receive a sum of Rs 9,500 instead of the Rs 550 that they had been receiving earlier.

The Cabinet today also resolved to form a committee to fix the fees of the private schools in the state.

The Cabinet has also decided to conduct a survey regarding the roadside hawkers; at the end of the survey, the street hawkers shall be assigned fixed spots to carry out their transactions.

According to another resolution adopted by the cabinet meet, the last date of VAT return has also been extended.

It has also been resolved to cross-breed cows and buffaloes brought from outside to improve their quality.

The Cabinet has also decided to run 688 more buses across Assam. 233 of these will be run from the state capital; 147 buses have been earmarked to run short distances, while 50 buses will be allocated in different towns; 238 buses will be assigned to cover longer distances. These buses shall run under the Assam State Corporation Limited (ASTC) for a period of 5 years.

The Cabinet has also decided to add 2 more battalions to the SDRF, currently battling the flood problem in Assam.

It needs mention here that the decision to upgrade the Bajali sub-division into a full-fledged district was made by the Government during the month of December when the agitation against the Citizenship (Amendment) Act had reached its peak in Assam.

The people of Bajali sub-division under Barpeta district have been demanding that the sub-division be upgraded to a district for a long time.

The Government's assent to this long-standing demand was met with muted applause as the state was on the boil over the highly controversial CAA and protests were raging across the land.

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