Assam grants 'Indigenous' status to five Muslim communities

According to Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma’s tweet, the Assam cabinet on Tuesday accepted the designation of the Gorias, Moriyas, Jolhas, Deshis, and Syeds as indigenous Assamese Muslim communities.

“We made numerous decisions in our weekly Assam Cabinet about the scrapping of old automobiles, identification of five indigenous Muslim tribes, exempting ex-servicemen & their widows from paying property tax, promoting renewable energy, improving data access, etc.,” Mr. Sarma tweeted.

According to the chief minister, the action would assure their growth in terms of health, cultural identity, education, financial inclusion, skill development, and women’s empowerment.

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The Assam Cabinet made several other decisions, including encouraging renewable energy, enhancing data access, exempting former military members and widows from paying property tax, and destroying outdated cars.

As a token of appreciation for their contribution to the country, the Assam Cabinet agreed to exclude retired military personnel and widows from paying property tax.

After the meeting, Health Minister Keshab Mahanta briefed the media and announced that bills to amend the Assam Municipal Act of 1956 and the Guwahati Municipal Corporation Act of 1969 would be introduced in the state assembly to exempt veterans and widows from paying property tax as a token of appreciation for their national service.

The Credit Guarantee Fund Trust for Micro and Small Enterprises (CGTMSE) under SIDBI and the Assam government’s collaboration to provide additional guarantee coverage for loans made by lending institutions to Micro and Small units in Assam, as well as the creation of a Corpus Fund of Rs. 100 crore, with 80% coming from CGTMSE and 20% from the Assam government, were also approved by the cabinet.

The cabinet permitted the Assam Industrial Development Corporation (AIDC) Ltd. to sign a Memorandum of Understanding with SIDBI.

The cabinet approved an MOU that SIDBI and AIDC Limited would sign to establish a 200-crore venture capital fund.

Additionally, it was resolved during the meeting to award each student who achieved first division on the state Class 10 board exams with a one-time stipend of 16,000 rupees.

The Cabinet also adopted the Assam State Data Policy 2022, which aims to enhance data access and usage and guarantee effective service delivery.

The Assam Renewable Energy Policy, 2022, which intends to construct a total of 1,200 MW in five years, was also authorized to build an environment that would foster the development of renewable energy in the power sector.

To guarantee efficient disassembly and scrapping of end-of-life cars and minimize vehicular pollution by phasing out unsuitable and polluting vehicles, the cabinet also approved the Vehicle Scrappage Policy of Assam, 2022.