The Assam cabinet has unveiled an ambitious plan to establish a 1000-km long economic corridor, backed by a significant investment of Rs 3000 crore. The cabinet’s decision marks a substantial step forward in regional development.
In-Principle Approval Under Asom Mala Scheme
State Minister Jayanta Malla Baruah informed the press that the state cabinet has granted its in-principle approval for the project under the Asom Mala Scheme, indicating the government’s commitment to this substantial infrastructure endeavor.
Rural Infrastructure Improvement Funded by NABARD
- In another significant development, the cabinet has approved projects totaling Rs 950 crore aimed at enhancing rural infrastructure.
- Funding for these projects will be sourced through a loan from NABARD.
- The funds will be used to upgrade 90 rural roads and four rural bridges managed by the Public Works Department.
Financial Prudence in Cabinet Meetings
- In a move to exercise financial prudence, the cabinet has advised deputy commissioners to limit expenditure for cabinet meetings to Rs 5 lakh.
- This measure includes discouraging new repair works on circuit houses and inspection bungalows.
- It is noteworthy that the state cabinet convenes its meetings at various district headquarters.
Rotational Cabinet Meetings Across Districts
- The cabinet also decided to rotate the locations of its meetings.
- In the coming months, cabinet meetings in November and December will take place in Tinsukia and North Lakhimpur districts, respectively, while in January of the following year, the meeting will be held in Nagaon.
Eco-Sensitive Zone Declaration
- Another important decision was the approval of the revised draft notification to declare an eco-sensitive zone in the 1 km radius around the Bherjan-Borajan-Padumoni Wildlife Sanctuary in Tinsukia.
- This move aligns with a directive from the Supreme Court, highlighting the government’s commitment to environmental conservation.
Judicial Guest House and Office Building Approval
- The cabinet granted its consent for the allotment of a plot for the construction of a judicial guest house in Kaziranga, intended to accommodate state guests and guests of the Gauhati High Court.
- Additionally, the cabinet has approved an additional Rs 11.91 crore to facilitate the completion of a new office building for the Commissioner of Taxes, further enhancing administrative infrastructure in the state.
Assam: The Jewel of the Northeast
Biodiversity Richness: Assam is celebrated for its diverse ecosystems, housing the renowned Kaziranga National Park and the fertile Brahmaputra Valley.
- Cultural Tapestry: A tapestry of cultures and languages thrives in Assam, making it a cultural melting pot in the northeast of India.
- Tea Capital: Assam is a global hub for tea production, known for its robust Assam tea with a distinctive flavor.
- Historical Significance: The state boasts a rich history, with ancient temples like Kamakhya and Ahom architecture showcasing its heritage.
- Silk Paradise: It’s famous for Muga silk, the golden silk exclusive to Assam, and Eri silk, a sustainable and eco-friendly silk variety.
Strategic Location: Assam’s strategic location borders Bhutan, Arunachal Pradesh, Nagaland, Manipur, and Meghalaya, making it a key state in the northeastern region.