New Department Created in Assam to Protect Indigenous
On Saturday, the Assam cabinet decided to form a new department to protect the culture and customs of tribals and other indigenous communities, Chief Minister Himanta Bishwa Sarma said here. He said the new division would ensure that the indigenous people of the state would preserve their faith and identity while providing them with the necessary assistance. Speaking at the press conference, Sarma added that the cabinet agreed at the meeting that financial and administrative reforms were needed to remove the red tape and ensure speedy implementation of the schemes.
It further decided that the department heads would be entitled to their approval for projects of Rs 2 crore or below and there would be a finance committee headed by the chief secretary between Rs 2 crore and Rs 5 crore, the CM explained. Under the leadership of the Finance Minister, special permanent finance prestigious projects will be sanctioned which are worth between Rs 5 crore to Rs 100 crore and the Cabinet alone will get priority over projects involving Rs 100 crore.
Meanwhile, Sarma has allotted additional portfolios to two BJP cabinet ministers Ranoj Pegu and Urkhao Gowda Brahma of the UPPL, a statement said. Brahma, who owns a handloom and textile and soil conservation portfolio, will also be in charge of the welfare of the Bodoland division. In addition to the Department of Education (Higher, Secondary, and Primary), Pegu will also take care of the welfare of the simple tribes and backward classes. Sarma’s 13 member cabinet includes 10 from the BJP, two from the AGP, and one from the UPPL.