The Assam cabinet decided on Wednesday to award 35,800 scooters to deserving boys and girls who passed the state’s higher secondary education council’s 10+2 board exams.
The decision was announced by the state’s education minister, Ronoj Pegu, and is a continuation of similar initiatives undertaken by the state government in previous years.
While 29,748 girls with 60% or higher overall will receive scooters, 6,052 boys with 75% or higher will also receive them.
The Assam government has decided to give scooters to 20,748 female students who received first division and 6,052 male students who received 75 percent or higher in the Higher Secondary Examinations 2022.
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The scheme’s total cost is estimated to be Rs 258.9 crores.
Assam cabinet minister Jayanta Mallabaruah made the announcement during a press conference following the weekly cabinet meeting on Wednesday.
The education minister stated that the procurement process for the scooters has already begun and that they will be distributed to students beginning November 30.
The state government will also provide financial assistance to students for scooter registration and insurance.
The state cabinet also decided to raise the salaries of 135 assistant professors in provincialised colleges (institutions where the state government pays professors and staff salaries) in the state from 8,000 to 21,600 per month to a fixed wage of 55,000 per month.
On the other hand, the duty allowances of Assam Police home guards have been increased from Rs 300 to Rs 767, which is welcome news and fulfills a long-pending demand.
The Assam government made this decision during a cabinet meeting on Wednesday. As a result, the monthly wage of Assam’s 24,000 home guards has been raised to Rs 23,310.
Meanwhile, The monthly remuneration of assistant professors working in provincialized colleges on fixed pay has been increased to Rs 55,000 fixed pay. Caste certificates, similar to those issued to scheduled castes, scheduled tribes, other backward classes, and MOBCs under Mission Bhumiputra, will be issued online to eligible individuals to assist them in accessing state government economic, educational, and employment benefits.