Assam government to increase medical seats for communities seeking ST status

The Assam Cabinet has decided to increase the number of reserved seats by two each for the six communities demanding Scheduled Tribe status in medical education from the academic year 2022-23.

The six communities (Tea Garden Tribes, Koch Rajbongshi, Tai Ahom, Matak, Moran and Chutia) currently under Other Backward Communities (OBCs) have reserved seats for students from these communities in MBBS, he said the Minister of Tourism, Jayanta Malla Baruah. a media conference after the cabinet meeting on Friday night.

Tea garden tribes will now have 26 reserved seats, Koch Rajbongshis 10, Tai Ahom seven, Chutias six while Matak and Moran will have five each, he said.

Three places will be reserved under the ex-military quota for Bachelor of Dental Surgery (BDS) studies.

The meeting, chaired by Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma, also decided to increase the upper age limit for entry-level posts in medical colleges from 38 to 40 years for general category, from 41 to 43 years for to OBC and More Other Backward Class (MOBC) and 43 to 45 years for SC/ST category applicants to motivate PG doctors to offer their services as lecturers in medical colleges.

The Cabinet also decided to expedite the process of laying the City Gas Distribution Pipeline (CGDP) by allowing Deputy Commissioners to authorize the right-of-way, preferably within 15 days and not more than 30 days from submission of a detailed plan.

The meeting also decided to lease land to the Bodo Students Union (ABSU) to set up an academic and career information center at Betkuchi village in Kamrup Metro district, Baruah said.

It was also decided that the State Government would release Rs.18.02 crore as loan to Assam Tea Corporation Limited for payment of bonus to its employees/workers for the ensuing Durga Puja.

The cabinet decided that for the installation of floating solar power plants, the user rights of water bodies under the Assam Fisheries Development Corporation Limited (AFDCL) will be transferred to the Assam Power Distribution Company Limited ( APDCL) after an agreement between them.

It was decided to establish the Assam Fodder Mission for a period of seven years with a proposed budget of Rs 120.20 crore for training and capacity building of 40,900 beneficiaries and creating employment opportunities for 85 producers of dairy in the advanced feed processing sector.

The Cabinet decided to allocate an additional Rs 4,638 crore for the completion of major multi-village schemes under the Neer Nirmal Pariyojana in the three districts of Kamrup Metro, Jorhat and Hailakandi.

It was also decided to roll out Category II of the Assam Microfinance Incentive and Relief Scheme with six amendments in the existing guidelines and approval of financial sanction of the required amount to the beneficiaries by October 2022.

Category II includes borrowers whose payments are delayed by one to 89 days and the rollout will cover 1.07 lakh beneficiaries, Baruah added.

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