GoA concerned over black marketing of urea; issues new SOP

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The state government has decided to eliminate urea wholesalers from distribution channel to ensure secondary freight subsidy and dealer margin go directly to retailers, making urea available to farmers at notified price
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Guwahati: In a bid to prevent leakage and black marketing of urea, the state government has issued new standard operating procedure (SOP) to streamline its administration.

At the Assam Cabinet meeting held at Janata Bhawan, the Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma-led government has decided to provide retail licences to small tea garden associations, FPOs and farmer cooperatives.

Incentive of Rs 20 per bag to be provided to retailers as dealer margin from state government.

Assam state agricultural marketing board will be the sole wholesaler supporting retailers without financial capacity to make advance deposits to companies.

The state government has decided to eliminate urea wholesalers from distribution channel to ensure secondary freight subsidy and dealer margin go directly to retailers, making urea available to farmers at notified price.

Other key decision taken up by the state cabinet were Mission Bhumiputra, new multi-speciality hospital, new Biodiversity Heritage Sites, job reservation for Divyanjans and special recruitment drive for ex-HPC staff, among others.

Mission Bhumiputra

State government has approved to Mission Bhumiputra to provide caste certificates to SC/ST/OBC/MOBC applicants in a simplified manner.

The caste certificates will be issued digitally and stored in Digi locker.

According to a government report, if father’s caste certificate is enclosed and found genuine, certificate will be issued instantly.

However, if any enquiry is required, it must be completed within 30 days and extendable by another 15 days in exceptional cases with due justification.

A special drive for the issuing of caste certificates will cover students of classes IX to XII in the initial years.

Deputy Commissioners will get application forms printed and distributed through principals/headmasters.

The cabinet has also approved to setting up Multi-Speciality Hospital in partnership with IIT, Guwahati and other willing philanthropic organisations.

The government has also decided to redevelop the police reserve campuses in Guwahati by upgrading existing buildings at AT Road, Fancy Bazar, Pan Bazar and 10th Battalion in Kahilipara.

Redevelopment to be done at a cost of Rs 554.54 crore at the three campuses whose total built up area is 1,11,329 sq m.

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