A report published in the The Assam Tribune stated that the State Cabinet, which met under the chairmanship of Chief Minister (CM) Sarbananda Sonowal on Tuesday evening, approved amendment of the Assam Special Land Act to give relief to small tea growers.
The report further quoted official sources as saying that the small tea growers would now be exempted from levy of cess amounting to 10 paise per kilogram. To promote tea export, the exporters who export tea from the Amingaon centre would get an exemption of Rs 6 per kilogram.
The Cabinet approved the Inland Water Transport Authority Bill for regulating and inspecting all vessels for their safety measures. It also approved the Sports University Bill to set up a sports university at Chabua in the name of Aniruddha Dev.
The Cabinet further decided to launch an old age pension scheme for below poverty level (BPL) and above poverty level (APL) beneficiaries from October 2 this year. The scheme will be launched by the CM in a function to be held at Sarusajai Stadium in Guwahati.
Sources said that the Cabinet also gave its approval to the amendment in the Assam GST Act by which GST registration has been relaxed from Rs 10 lakh annual turnover to Rs 20 lakh annual turnover.