Assam Cabinet Decides To Implement Strategies For Welfare Of OBC Communities; Check-Out Key Decisions 

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The Assam cabinet has decided to implement numerous strategies for the welfare of OBC communities, including – Moran & Matak communities and recognizing ‘Bhujel’ as a sub-caste of Nepali Community.

During a cabinet meeting on Saturday, the Assam Cabinet decided that a separate enlistment will be accorded to Moran (SI No. 14) and Matak (SI No. 33) communities in Assam’s OBC list. Presently, Moran and Matak Communities are listed together at SI No. 14.

Besides, nomenclature of “Lihu” changed to “Limbu” in OBC list of Assam, as well as in central list. It was done keeping in view that although Lihu community is included as a sub caste of Nepali community in OBC list of Assam, there is no “Lihu” sub-caste under Nepali community.

“Bhujel” will be recognized as a sub-caste of Nepali community in OBC list of Assam. This will ensure socio-economic development of Bhujel sub-caste, which shares the same status as that of Rai, Limbu, Magar, Thapa and Gurung sub-castes of Nepali community.

The Assam cabinet has also launched the ‘Mission Basundhara 2.0’ with numerous land-related services which were earlier non-digitized. These include – Settlement of Annual Patta (AP) lands that have already been transferred from the original AP holder to eligible occupant by granting Periodic Patta (PP) as per the Land Policy 2019 with a view to confer permanent, heritable and transferable rights to the PP holder.

It has also decided for the settlement of Village Grazing Reserve (VGR) and Professional Grazing Reserve (PGR) land upto 1 Bigha of homestead land to selected categories of eligible occupants as PP land. Grant of ownership rights to occupancy tenants (Rayats) as per the Assam (Temporarily Settled Areas) Tenancy Act 1971.

Among other land-related services, the state cabinet have also decided to allot land for special cultivation (tea, coffee, rubber, etc.) for indigenous growers as per Land Policy 2019. It will also roll-out e-Khazana for online payment of land revenue, local tax and other fees, and launch Aadhaar authentication for land related services. Approximately, Rs 328.19 crores have been approved for the implementation of the mission.

The state cabinet has also decided to promote wood-based industries by categorizing the firms into Primary, Secondary and Composite WBIs. Primary and composite WBIs will require licences and must be established under industrial estates. Secondary ones will require registration and need not to be established inside industrial estates.

According to an official bulletin, “Agar oil extraction units delivered and brought under the regime of registration at Circle level. Provisions for transfer of licence/Registration on sale/succession, etc. will also be introduced.”

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