On June 24, the Assam Cabinet met for its sixth meeting chaired by Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma. The stand-out decision that the Cabinet took in this meeting, and about which the Chief Minister himself tweeted is the decision to appoint Borsing Bay, a home guard jawan from Dillai Police Station in Karbi Anglong, as a Constable in the Assam Police. Bay had turned down a substantial bribe offered to him by the drug dealers and had helped seize three kilograms of high-quality crystal methamphetamine drug worth around 12 crore rupees. Assam Police DGP Bhaskarjyoti Mahanta had earlier announced a reward of 1 lakh rupees to Borsing Bay.
From now on, Deputy Commissioners will also be empowered to allot land for government institutions in rural areas based on the recommendations of Land Acquisition Committees. Henceforth, no file in such matters has to be sent to the revenue department.
With regard to man-animal conflict, the cabinet has decided that the Principal Chief Conservator of Forest (PCCF) cum Head of Forest Forces (HoFF) now will have the power to decide regarding the payment of compensation to families of victims of man-elephant conflict, as per the recommendation of the District Forest Officer. There’s no longer the requirement of sending files in these matters to the Forest and Environment Department.
It has also been decided that oil companies like OIL, ONGC etc will have to pay a minimum of 12 lakh rupees per bigha for acquisition of private land within 10 km radius of the town and 10 lakh rupees per bigha for land acquisition outside the 10 km radius of the town.
Further, the incentives that had been announced earlier for waiving of micro finance loans have been approved by the cabinet.