The Assam Cabinet on Tuesday decided to give away four major State Awards every year, i.e. Asom Ratna, Asom Bibhushan, Asom Bhushan and Asom Shree.
Asom Ratna is an existing State Award, which was earlier conferred every 3 years. However, the Assam Cabinet on Tuesday decided that this award would be given away every year from now onwards.
On the other hand, three new awards – Asom Bibhushan, Asom Bhushan and Asom Shree – have been introduced by the Assam Government.
The Asom Ratna award would be given away to only one personality every year and will also carry a reward of Rs 5 lakh.
On the other hand, the Asom Bibhushan award would be conferred upon three personalities and will carry reward of Rs 3 lakh each.
Meanwhile, Asom Bhushan and Asom Shree awards would be given away to five and ten personalities respectively.
While, Asom Bhushan award would carry a reward of Rs 2 lakh each, the Asom Shree award would carry a reward of Rs 1 lakh each.
The awards would be given away on Sukapha Divas or Asom Divas, which is being celebrated in Assam on December 2 every year, to commemorate the advent of the first king of the Ahom kingdom in Assam.
These awards would be conferred for outstanding contribution in literature, art and culture and social service.
The announcement was made by Assam Education Minister Ranuj Pegu on Tuesday.
The awardees would become entitled to avail medical treatment and use rooms in circuit houses for free.