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Business News/ News / India/  Assam government to provide free scooters, 3.78 lakh bicycles to students
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Assam government to provide free scooters, 3.78 lakh bicycles to students

The Himanta Biswa Sarma government in Assam Wednesday approved policy to provide scooters to girl students who secured 60% and above and to boys who got 75% and above in the recently concluded higher secondary examinations

Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma (ANI arranged )Premium
Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma (ANI arranged )

The Himanta Biswa Sarma government in Assam Wednesday approved policy to provide scooters to girl students who secured 60% and above and to boys who got 75% and above in the recently concluded higher secondary examinations.

During the cabinet meeting, presided over by chief minister Sarma, the cabinet also approved 167 crore for the distribution of bicycles among 3.78 lakh students of Class 9, studying in government and provincialised schools, news agency PTI reported quoting Tourism Minister Jayanta Malla Barua.

The cut-off marks of higher secondary examinations for both girls and boys will be 75% and above from the next year, Barua said.

The chief minister said the cabinet decision will be a landmark intervention to improve educational outcomes and provide wings to the aspirations of students in the state.

"Today’s decision by our Cabinet will be a landmark intervention to improve educational outcomes and provide wings to the aspirations of our students," the chief minister tweeted.

The Cabinet also approved a proposal to increase the reservation of seats for Other Backward Classes (OBCs) and More Other Backward Classes (MOBCs) in professional courses under the Assam Agricultural University from 15% to 27%, Baruah said.

It was also decided to reserve seats for allocation to six communities - Tai Ahom, Chutia, Moran, Matak, Koch Rajbongshi and Tea tribes - within 27% OBC/MOBC reservation in training courses in 24 government General Nursing and Midwifery (GNM) institutes, 18 Auxiliary Nursing Midwifery (ANM) schools and three B.Sc nursing schools, the minister said.

The Cabinet also approved the draft of the amended Assam Food Security Rules, 2022 under the National Food Security Act, 2013.

The proposed amendment provides for the enhancement of income criteria from the existing 2.5 lakh to 4 lakh to enable more deserving families to apply for new ration cards under the NFSA.

The cabinet also gave its nod to the Assam Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises Facilitation of Establishment and Operation Rules, 2023, which will exempt MSMEs from certain approvals and inspections, required for establishment and operation in the state for three years.

An MSME in the state can now start operation on receipt of an acknowledgement certificate from the state nodal agency by submitting the declaration of intent.

 

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Published: 05 Jul 2023, 10:14 PM IST
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