Assam Cabinet nod to fill up over 1200 posts in education sector by May

Youth Commission to be set up for overall welfare of youths in and outside state

Guwahati, Jan 13: The Assam Cabinet on Wednesday decided to fill up over 1200 vacant posts in the education sector and over 600 posts in the public works department in its objective to create one lakh jobs by May this year.

Addressing mediapersons here on Wednesday, state Cabinet minister Keshab Mahanta informed that 743 vacant posts of Assistant Professor and 233 Grade III and 524 Grade IV posts in different provincialised and government model colleges under the higher education department would be filled up by May this year.

“Besides, 611 vacancies of the Section Assistant under various divisions of the public works department (roads) will be filled up,” Mahanta said.

In another key decision, the Cabinet decided to set up a state youth commission which will look after the overall welfare of youths in the state.

“Approval to the constitution of Assam Youth Commission has been given to protect the interest of the youth of Assam within and outside the state. Accordingly, they would be provided employment, skill training, training for competitive exams and a platform to register grievances,” the minister said.

The Cabinet also decided on renewal of the power purchase agreement for 31 MW with NHPC till 2043 to help Assam Power Distribution Company Limited get power at a relatively cheaper rate, thus benefiting consumers.

Further, to boost handicraft industries, the Cabinet gave its approval to the Handicraft Policy of Assam, 2022 to facilitate growth and develop craft-based industries and provide training and technological support to artisans and entrepreneurs.

Among other key decisions, the state Cabinet decided to make an investment of additional equity share capital of Rs 55.25 crore by the Assam government and Rs 8.75 crore by state PSU Assam Gas Company Ltd in the expansion project of Assam Petrochemicals Ltd (APL).

For prompt flood and erosion management, it decided to purchase land directly from landowners instead of the general procedure of land acquisition to implement externally-aided projects for flood and erosion management work.

“This will help reduce the time taken to complete the purchase process from 50 months to six months,” the minister said.

The Cabinet also decided constitute the Assam Health Infrastructure Development and Management Society for implementation of JICA-assisted ‘Strengthening Health Systems and Excellence of Medical Education in Assam’ Project or any other externally aided or other special projects.

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