The Assam Assembly’s Budget Session for 2021-22 started on Monday (12th July) in Guwahati. For the first time in the history of Assam, a female Finance Minister Ajanta Neog presented the state budget, 2021-22 today i.e. July 16 at the ongoing budget session of the Assam assembly.

Meanwhile, at 3 pm the budget was tabled by the Finance Minister at the ongoing Assam assembly. Moreover, the entire Budget Session of the Assam Legislative Assembly will remain active till August 13 with 15 working days.

  • To facilitate good governance, Tamulpur is proposed to be created as a new district. Smartphones to almost 8 lakh Class IX & X students of Govt schools for online education.
  • Five new medical colleges to be set up at Golaghat, Dhemaji, Morigaon, Bongaigaon, Tamulpur Estimated cost for each medical college: Rs 16 crore.
  • A State University to be set up in Karbi Anglong district There is a possibility to upgrade the present Diphu Government College into the State University.

 

  • Old age pension, Widow Pension will get deposited in the personal account within 10th of every month.
  • Free ration of Rs 489 crore was delivered to citizens of Assam in the last fiscal.
  • To control drugs narcotics bureau will be set up in Assam.
  • Small traders and artisans affected by COVID to be given a one-time grant of ₹10,000 through an institutional mechanism in convergence with the PM SVANidhi Scheme of the Government of India.
  • CM Widow Support Scheme to help women from low income families and who have lost their husbands due to COVID. One time financial assistance of ₹2.50 lakh to be provided. In first phase, 874 widows assisted with funds from CM Relief Fund.
  • Chief Minister’s Sishu Seva Scheme Rs 3500 per month to COVID orphans below 15 years of age Fixed deposit ₹ 7, 81,200 in their names.

 

  • 4 major roadways to be completed by 2021-22 in Assam

 

– Gohpur to Dholpur via Ghagrabasti – 28 km

– NH 52 (Dirak gate) Bijulibon Pengeree – 38 km

– Kokrajhar to Rupsi Airport via Bashbari – 74 km

– Rowta to Misamari – 50 km

Orunodoi Total budget for 2021-22: ₹1800 cr

  • Every year 1 month to be observed as Orunodoi Month. Orunodoi logo to be pasted outside beneficiaries’ homes. Monthly assistance increased from ₹830 to ₹1000. An additional number of beneficiaries: 6.36 lakh

Ensuring the welfare of tea garden workers

Scheme to:

Cover 805 TEs

Functioning Household Tap Connections to all households in TEs

Bear expense of electricity dues & chemicals for 5 years

Provide piped gas supply to households

  • Financial aid of Rs. 1 Lakh to families who have lost one or more family members in Covid 19.

 

  • Swanirbhar Naari

Direct procurement of handloom items from weavers through ARTFED & AGMC

Weavers’ skill training

4-5 benchmark quality products

Phase 1 to cover 1.23 lakh beneficiaries

Setting up sales counters across India

Leveraging e-commerce portals & apps.

Agriculture activities across 77,420 bighas of land at Gorukhuti.

 

 

  • An Indigenous Faith and Culture Dept to be set up and three depts – Directorate of Archaeology, Directorate of Museum and Directorate of Historical & Antiquarian Studies – to be subsumed under the new Dept.Fund allocated: ₹ 100 cr
  • ‘Sunil Biplab’ : Boosting Fishery Sector
  • First phase: 10,000 village community tanks of 1 hectare each to be constructed in revenue villages
  • Fish production expected to increase by 50,000 MT per year
  • Additional employment to be generated: 1 lakh

 

On the other hand, Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma tabled the Assam Cattle Preservation Bill 2021 (গো-সুৰক্ষা বিধেয়ক) on Monday, the first day of the Budget Session in the Assam Assembly.

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The Bill aims to prohibit the transport of cows within the state and any place outside the state. Approved recently by the state Cabinet for introduction in the House, this Bill seeks to control the slaughter of cows and consumption of cow meat.

According to the Bill, “No person shall transport or offer transport or cause any cattle to be transported without a valid permit from any place of other states through Assam to any place outside Assam or from Assam to any place outside the state, where the slaughter of cattle is not regulated by law.”

It further states, “The competent authority may issue a permit for the transport of cattle for bonafide agricultural or animal husbandry purposes as prescribed in the rules framed under this act. The cattle shall be transported in the manner prescribed by the Central Government Rules, governing the transport of cattle under the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act, 1960.”

The Bill proposes the prohibition of slaughter of cattle in places other than a slaughterhouse and prohibition on the sale of beef and beef products.

“No person shall directly or indirectly sell or offer or buy beef or beef products in any form except at places permitted to do so by the competent authority. No such permission shall be granted in such area or areas which are predominately inhabited by Hindus, Jains, Sikhs and other non-beef eating communities or within a radius of 5 km of any temple or other religious institutions belonging to Hindu religion or any other institution or area as may be prescribed by the competent authority,” it said.

 

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