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Assam: BTC elections postponed till December

The Assam Cabinet on Wednesday has requested the State Election Commission to schedule the postponed BTC elections in December this year.

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Guwahati: The Assam Cabinet on Wednesday has requested the State Election Commission to schedule the postponed BTC elections in December this year.

The election to the 40-member BTC was scheduled on April 4, but it was postponed indefinitely due to the outbreak of COVID-19 pandemic.

During the Cabinet meeting, the state government took an important decision regarding all government job examinations to avoid any controversy or irregularity.

The CMO note said that no private agencies will be involved in government recruitment process henceforth and the department themselves will hold the exams or it will be conducted by the state or central universities.

The Assam Cabinet has also decided to make Bodo associate official language in Assam through ordinance. Cabinet has asked the BTC authority to extensively use Assamese along Bodo and English on sing boards.

The meeting approved on ordinance to form Bodo-Kachari Welfare Autonomous council in Bodo dominated villages outside the Sixth Schedule areas, while the ceiling for maximum number of members in Development Councils was increased to 45 from 25.

Jobs of 4,534 teachers, who were appointed irregularly, will be regularized as decided by the Cabinet committee.

The state government has also decided to raise the remuneration of ‘Gaon Burhas’ (village heads) to Rs 9,000 from Rs 6,500 with effect from April this year.

Besides, the government will provide day boarding and free uniforms for children in 428 tea garden managed schools across the state.

The government also took a host of decision for the tea sector like raising of assurance benefit payable under Assam Tea Plantations Provident Fund Scheme to Rs 2 lakh from Rs 1 lakh and adoption of the Assam Tea industries Special Incentives Scheme 2020.

“Students of Barak Valley who have not studied Assamese, Bengali or Bodo need not appear in qualifying languages in APSC Combined Civil Services Examination”, the release said.

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