Guwahati: If elections are near, can sops be far behind. And the electorate has no reason to complain as it long as it rains goodies.
With the countdown to the next year’s Assembly election having already begun, Tarun Gogoi-led Congress government in Assam approved a slew of welfare measures ostensibly aimed at garnering votes.
At a Cabinet meeting held at the Chief Minister’s official residence in Koinadhara area of the city on Thursday, several key welfare decisions were taken. These include approval of distribution of financial assistance of Rs 1,000 each among 200 poor widows in each of the 126 Assembly constituencies and Rs 10,000 each to 295 differently-abled persons in every constituency to enhance their skills for gainful employment in the current fiscal.
The Cabinet also decided to provide Rs 10,000 each to 300 unmarried women (in the age group of 40 to 60 years) in every constituency. It also approved financial assistance of Rs 10,000 for arranging marriages for girls below the poverty line. The number of such girls would be determined later.
Eyeing the tea garden workers, the meeting also approved the Assam Gratuity (Amendment) Bill 2015 to bring about benefits to workers of tea gardens and tea factories on a par with employees in other industrial establishments. This will enhance the maximum gratuity benefit of the workers from Rs 50,000 to Rs 10 lakh.
The Assam Gratuity Act, 1992 (Assam Act XIII of 1993) was enacted in 1993 to provide gratuity benefits to the employees in tea gardens and tea factories in the state.
It approved the amendment of Assam Ministerial District Establishment Service (Amendment) Rule, 2015. As per amendment, after extending 10 years of service, a person will be eligible for promotion to the post of Head Assistant, instead of the existing 15 years of service.
The cabinet approved the policy for reservation in promotion for persons with disabilities and other concessions. There will be relaxation in the upper age limit of persons with disabilities by 10 years in case of Grade III and Grade IV posts and by 5 years in case of Grade I and Grade II posts. Moreover, there will be exemption from payment of fees in case of competitive examinations.
The meeting also approved a proposal for reviving Prag Bosimi Synthetics Ltd, a joint venture company, with an investment of Rs 65 crore to be made by the Assam Industrial Development Corporation Ltd.