The Assam cabinet approved a set of new rules for the state’s wood-based industries on Saturday, as well as a slew of measures to implement the second phase of a flagship scheme. The Assam Wood Based Industries (Promotion and Development) Rules, 2022 were promulgated at a cabinet meeting chaired by Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma to encourage various units related to the sector.
According to cabinet decisions shared on Twitter by Sarma, the wood-based industries will be classified as primary, secondary, and composite for regulatory purposes.
— Himanta Biswa Sarma (@himantabiswa) October 29, 2022
On Saturday, Mission Basundhara 2.0 was launched during the Assam Cabinet meeting.
The Assam Cabinet also made several important decisions concerning the welfare of OBC communities, the promotion of wood-based industries, and so on.
Mission Basundhara 2.0
- Settlement of Annual Patta (AP) lands that have already been transferred from the original AP Holder to eligible occupant by granting Periodic Patta (PP) as per the Land Policy, 2019 with a view to confer permanent, heritable and transferable rights to the PP Holder.
- Settlement of Village Grazing Reserve (VGR) and Professional Grazing Reserve (PGR) land upto 1 Bigha of homestead land to selected categories of eligible occupants as PP land (after de-reservation of VGR/PGR and reservation of equivalent quantum of land as VGR/PGR)
- Grant of ownership rights to occupancy tenants (Rayats) as per the Assam (Temporarily Settles Areas) Tenancy Act, 1971.
Benefitting Moran and Matak communities
- Separate enlistment accorded to Moran (SI No. 14) and Matak (SI No. 33) communities in OBC list of Assam
- Presently, Moran and Matak communities are listed together at SI No. 14
‘Limbu’: Change of nomenclature
- Nomenclature of “Lihu” changed to “Limbu” in OBC list of Assam as well as Central list
- It was done keeping in view that although Lihu community is included as a sub-caste of Nepali community in OBC list of Assam, there is no “Lihu” sub-caste under Nepali community