The Cabinet meeting was chaired by chief minister Sarbananda Sonowal at Janata Bhawan in Guwahati on Wednesday Credit: Twitter/ File image

Guwahati: In a significant move to empower the tea tribes of Assam, chief minister Sarbananda Sonowal chaired a Cabinet meeting in Janata Bhawan, Guwahati on Wednesday approving a slew of schemes for their betterment.

The Cabinet approved the Simon Sing Horo Special Scholarship scheme of Rs 10,000 each to HSLC and HS passed candidates belonging to the community, and also approved the Swahid Dayal Das Panika Swaniyojan Achoni of granting one-time financial assistance of Rs 25,000 for 15,000 youths of the tea tribe community.

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Further, a provisions for construction of pucca houses for workers of the Assam Tea Corporation Limited gardens at the cost of Rs 1.3 lakh per house got the state Cabinet’s nod.

Also, it was decided to provide regular pay scale and other government facilities to 623 contractual supervisors and 12 statistical assistants under the social welfare department.

For farmers, the Cabinet resolved to increase allotment of agricultural land from 3 bighas to 7 bighas under the Land Policy 2019. Meanwhile, for PMAY households which do not have electricity connections, Rs 20,000 each for installation of solar kits was approved.

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