Assam finance minister Himanta Biswa Sarma lighting the inugural lamp during the closing ceremony of the golden jubilee celebration of Assam Agricultural University at Jorhat on Monday. Image credit - UB photos

At the initiative of Assam finance minister Himanta Biswa Sarma, the state government has regularised the services of the muster roll labourers working under the Assam Agricultural University throughout the state.

This was informed by the Vice Chancellor of Assam Agricultural University (AAU), K.M. Bujarbaruah in his welcome address during the closing ceremony of the golden jubilee celebrations of AAU at Jorhat on Monday.

The VC said this was a welcome development as 900 muster roll workers in the university would now become regular employees.

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Bujarbaruah in his speech said Assam finance minister Himanta Biswa sarma had also cleared up the arrears payment of pension dues to the retired teachers to the tune of Rs 51 lakh which was a ‘great relief’ for the teachers and the university.

He also profusely thanked Sarma for increasing the budget allocation for the university every year which has enabled several works to be undertaken.

Bujarbaruah further said only Rs 14.84 crore has remained to be cleared by the state government, an amount to be paid by the state government since 2009, the year that the university had signed an MoU with the state government.

Earlier, the finance minister visited the Biotechnology division of the university and inaugurated the Agriculture museum, adjacent to the auditorium.

He also released a documentary on 50 years of the university which was made by the Vice Chancellor and his team and a compendium on the university made by the Director of Research, Ashok Bhattacharyya and his team.

The VC further announced that AAU was ranked fifth among the agricultural universities in the country and the university is now “globally sought after with Moss signed with eight foreign universities”.

Jorhat MP Kamakhya Prasad Tasa and Dergaon MLA Bhabendra Nath Bharali also addressed the gathering.

Smita Bhattacharyya

Smita Bhattacharyya is Northeast Now Correspondent in Jorhat. She can be reached at: triptyaddy@gmail.com

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