The Assam Cabinet on Wednesday decided to give cabinet rank to Sootea’s BJP MLA Padma Hazarika.

The decision was taken during the Cabinet meeting held under the chairmanship of Assam chief minister Himanta Biswa Sarma on Wednesday.

The Himanta Biswa Sarma Cabinet decided to give Cabinet rank to MLA Padma Hazarika, who is currently heading the committee for utilising 77,000 bighas of land for agricultural purpose at Gorukhuti in Sipajhar to effectively carry out his responsibilities.

This was confirmed by chief minister Sarma in a tweet after the meeting.

The Assam Cabinet also instructed the IT department to set up mobile towers to enhance connectivity in the rural areas, especially for the benefit of the students in their online education.

The Cabinet also hiked the transportation commission, paid to fair price shops and cooperative societies, from Rs 100.10 to Rs 143 per quintal of rice under National Food Security Act (NFSA).

Besides, the State Cabinet for the first time decided that each of 860 cooperative societies in Assam will get Rs 5 lakh per year for using godowns and other sources.

For carrying commodities from FCI godowns, transportation contracts will be given, preferably to cooperatives, according to the Cabinet decision.

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