GUWAHATI: From now, the Assamese calendar will be used for government correspondence in addition to the present Gregorian calendar.

It was decided in a meeting of the state cabinet chaired by Assam chief minister Himanta Biswa Sarma on Wednesday night.

Similarly, Bodo calendar will be used in Bodo Territorial Region (BTR) and Bangla calendar will also be used in Barak valley district, an official release stated here on Wednesday night.

The cabinet also approved 34 gazetted holidays for the state in the upcoming 2021-22 fiscal. There will also be 31 restricted holidays two half holidays and 18 half-holidays under NI Act, the release stated.

The cabinet approved Rs 400 crore for implementation of Chief Minister’s Samagra Gramya Unnayan Yojana (CMSGUY).

The fund will be utilized for setting up of godown to store paddy, drier units, mini rice millsto 2,671 beneficiaries, distribution of 126 combine harvesters, 1,000 mini trucks and setting up of fisheries.

The cabinet meeting also decided for waiver of stamp duty on loans sanctioned to vendors affected by Covid-19 induced lockdown under PMSVAN Nidhi. It will help the beneficiaries to avail loan amount Rs 10,000 without any additional financial burden and also accelerate the loan disbursal process.

The meeting further decided to set up an Assam State Space Application Centre (ASSAC) as an autonomous registered society under the science technology and climate change department.

“The new entity will be in a better position to lialise with Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) department of space (DoS), North East Space Application Centre (NESAC) in the area of scientific techno-managerial activities.

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