Assam Cabinet for holding BTC election by December 15 Credit: Twitter file

Guwahati: The ongoing governor’s rule in the Bodoland Territorial Council (BTC) to continue and the state Cabinet has requested the state election commission to conduct the council elections there by December 15.

The Assam Cabinet, in its meeting held here on Thursday, decided that the state government will bear cost of land required for construction of approach roads of the proposed Majuli bridge. It also decided to give exemption to sand, steel, bitumen etc., which are to be used in construction of the proposed Majuli bridge, from state GST, royalty and local taxes.

On the continuous demands from the state gaushalas to strengthen their financial positions, the state Cabinet has also decided to provide them funds to feed the cows properly.

It also decided to provide ex-gratia of Rs. 10 lakh to next of kin of late Raben Das, constable of Assam police who died while trying to apprehend cattle smugglers.

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The Bodoland Territorial Region (BTR) has been under governor’s rule from April 27 as the elections that were supposed to be held on April 4 for autonomous council was suspended indefinitely owing to the coronavirus pandemic.

Earlier, various organisations have vehemently criticised the move to impose governor’s rule in the area. These organisations have also demanded the state government to hold elections in the BTR as soon as possible.

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