Guwahati, October 2, 2023 – In a significant development, the Assam Cabinet convened on October 2, 2023, at Gandhi Maidan, Guwahati, and made several crucial decisions that will shape the state’s future in various sectors. These decisions spanned education, urban development, environment, and more, with a focus on inclusivity, sustainable growth, and efficient administration.
1. Seat Reservation in ACS/APS Junior Grade
The Assam Cabinet has approved the reservation of one post each for the Moran and Matak communities within the OBC quota for the next five Combined Competitive Examinations for the ACS Junior Grade and APS Junior Grade recruitments. This decision aims to ensure adequate representation of these communities, uplift their socio-economic status, and enable them to contribute significantly to the state’s economic development.
2. Developing Peri Urban Greenfield Sites
To facilitate planned development in peri-urban greenfield sites, the Cabinet has decided to publish a draft notification declaring the area’s intent to prepare a Town Planning Scheme (TPS) within Guwahati Metropolitan Area. The selected sites for TPS include Shatikarpa (pt), Maliata (pt), and Losana villages, covering an area of approximately 296.9 hectares. This move will pave the way for organized urban expansion and sustainable growth.
3. Seat Reservation in MBBS/BDS
In a bid to address educational disparities and promote inclusivity in medical education, the Cabinet has decided to frame a policy for reserving 5% of seats in MBBS/BDS courses in Government Medical and Dental Colleges. These reserved seats will be allocated to students who completed their education from Class VII to X in Government Schools under SEBA and Classes XI and XII in State Government and Provincialized Schools under AHSEC.
4. Ordinance Against Unfair Means in Exams
To maintain the integrity of public examinations for government job recruitment, the Assam Public Examination (Measures for Prevention of Unfair Means in Recruitment) Ordinance, 2023 has been approved. This ordinance is designed to prevent and curb unfair means during such examinations.
5. Draft Notification for Preparing LAP
In an effort to reform urban development, the Cabinet has announced the publication of a draft notification for the declaration of the area and the intent to prepare a Local Area Plan (LAP) within Guwahati Metropolitan Area. The selected sites for LAP include Fancy Bazar, Uzanbazar, and Panbazar, covering an area of approximately 297.05 hectares. Successful implementation of LAP is expected to lead to Area Development Strategies and meet the challenges of planned urban development in the future.
6. College Affiliation with Stand-alone Varsities
To ensure the smooth functioning and administration of certain colleges, the Cabinet has decided to affiliate them with stand-alone universities, including Bhattadev University, Rabindranath Tagore University, and Madhabdev University. This affiliation is being considered with geographical proximity in mind.
7. Scooter Distribution for Students
The Cabinet aims to encourage education and competition among students by distributing scooters to girls securing 1st Division and boys securing 75% or more marks in the HSSLC Examination 2023. This initiative, known as the Dr. Banikanta Kakati Merit Award under the Pragyan Bharati Scheme, will see the distribution of 35,770 scooters to 30,203 girls and 5,567 boys at a cost of ₹269 crore.
8. Prohibition of 250-ML PET Water Bottles
In a bid to reduce plastic waste and environmental pollution, the Cabinet has decided to prohibit the production and use of bottled drinking water PET bottles with a volume of up to 250 ml in the state. This step is expected to contribute to the reduction of plastic waste while supporting the state’s commercial ecosystem.
These key decisions made by the Assam Cabinet reflect a commitment to inclusive growth, sustainable development, and environmental responsibility. They are poised to have a significant impact on various sectors, shaping the future of Assam for the better.