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Assam cabinet approves township policy for planned urban development

The council of ministers gave its nod to the notification of the Assam State Township Policy, 2023 for 'implementation across the state for ensuring systematic and planned urban development'.
Last Updated 22 December 2023, 06:24 IST

Guwahati: The Assam cabinet has approved the state township policy for ensuring systematic and planned urban development in the state.

The policy will regulate and guide the growth of urban areas in an organised manner, thereby cutting down exploitation of resources, Health and Family Welfare Minister Keshab Mahanta said at a media briefing after the cabinet meeting on Thursday.

The council of ministers gave its nod to the notification of the Assam State Township Policy, 2023 for 'implementation across the state for ensuring systematic and planned urban development', he said.

The policy will ensure that essential services such as roads, healthcare facilities and others are adequately planned and implemented through private capital investment.

It will also address the need for affordable housing within the townships with provisions for regulation and incentivisation of such projects, he said.

The cabinet also green-lighted the draft Guwahati Central Area Local Area Plan (LAP) within the metropolitan area for publication to seek public objections and suggestions.

The proposed LAP aims at making provisions for the redevelopment and upgrade of infrastructure facilities and open spaces and ensuring better connectivity to each plot and optimum utilisation of urban land in Guwahati.

The cabinet also approved the guidelines for implementation of 'Mukhya Mantri Awaas Yojana-Gramin' (MMAY-G) in line with the framework of the central scheme - Pradhan Mantri Awaas Yojana-Gramin (PMAY-G).

The council of ministers decided to settle land issues in favour of 1,540 landless indigenous families in 13 districts in both urban and rural areas.

The cabinet also gave the go-ahead to 946 proposals for the settlement of land to indigenous families across the state, conversion of annual patta to periodic patta land, and allotment to various government institutions.

The cabinet, in a bid to ensure a proper balance between the written examination and viva-voce test for the Combined Competitive Examination (CCE) conducted by the Assam Public Service Commission, approved the scaling down the marks of the viva-voce from the existing 275 to 180 of the total written examination.

The decision complies with the recommendations of the MP Bezbaruah Committee and Supreme Court judgement.

The council of ministers also approved a 15 per cent hike in the existing stipend for postdoctoral, post-graduate doctors, senior and non-PG residents, internee doctors, and pre-registered internees of government medical and dental colleges, effective from April 1, 2024.

The cabinet also gave its nod to the construction of a sports complex at Chandrapur and the establishment of an old age home and childcare institution at Boko for a combined amount of Rs 205 crore, Mahanta added.

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(Published 22 December 2023, 06:24 IST)

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