Sonowal walks the talk on Day 1

Sonowal walks the talk on Day 1
A day after taking over the reins of the government in Assam, Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal on Wednesday marked the start of good governance by announcing a slew of measures.

Sonowal started the day by chairing the first meeting of his council of ministers and assigning portfolios at the Brahmaputra Guest House in Guwahati, the makeshift official residence of the CM.

He has retained 17 departments, including Home, Election, Border Area Development, Revenue, Power and Implementation of Assam Accord.

BJP’s poll manager and Cabinet Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma was given, among others, Finance, Planning and Development, Health, Education and Tourism.

The CM has decided to abolish all check gates in the state, which have become hub of syndicates and illegal activities,  with immediate effect. He also decided to do away with interviews for thrid and fourth grade government jobs in consonance with the central government’s policy.

The council of ministers decided to reduce the number of vehicles in the chief minister’s convoy to the bare minimum.

Further, the ministers were for doing away with certain restrictions put in place during the movement of the chief minister’s cavalcade so that it does not cause traffic snarls and affect emergency services.

Incidentally, on Wednesday, Sonowal’s cavalcade stopped at every traffic signal as he had instructed officers not to use the read beacon or siren unless necessary. The chief minister urged his colleagues to work towards achieving the goals of maximum governance, ensure files are cleared fast and swift decisions are taken.

Sonowal also visited the office of the state coordinator of the National Register of Citizens and took stock of the progress made in updating it. He said the state government would extend all assistance in the updation process. He also chaired a meeting of the top brass of the state administration, led by chief secretary Vinod Kumar Pipersenia.

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