The Assam government has decided to amend an Act to increase women’s representation in municipal bodies by providing them with reservations for 10 years so that they can take effectively participate in the decision-making process.

The decision was taken at a Cabinet meeting at Dispur on Friday, which was chaired by Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma.

The meeting decided to amend the Assam Municipal Act, 1956, and the Guwahati Municipal Corporation Act, 1969 for the purpose, Water Resources Minister Pijush Hazarika told reporters after the cabinet meeting.

The Cabinet also gave its nod to a proposal for establishing the Assam Agro forestry Development Board for incentivizing farmers to take up the planting of trees in their land and this will serve as a platform to establish a partnership among farmers, industry, and other stakeholders.

The minister said that the Cabinet also decided to provide government jobs to the family of two persons, Indreswar Bora and Parismita Das, who were killed in the Majuli boat mishap on September 8.

The cabinet further decided that the Assam Jail Service Rules, 1986 would be amended to change the minimum educational qualification for the post of the female warden, under the Directorate of Prisons to High School Leaving Certificate (HSLC).

It was also decided to allot 8.02 acres of land here to Heraka Seva Trust for the construction of a cultural centre to promote unity among people, Minister Hazarika added.

The Cabinet approved the Assam Procurement Preference Policy, 2021 under which preference will be given to local micro and small enterprises along with start-ups of the state.

The meeting also decided to set up a super specialty hospital in collaboration with IIT, Guwahati on their campus, he said

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