In a significant decision, the Assam cabinet, led by Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma, has approved the introduction of a written Multiple Choice Questions (MCQ) test and a computer proficiency test for the recruitment of anganwadi supervisors in the state. The move aims to ensure the selection of well-qualified candidates for the crucial role.
The cabinet meeting, the first of 2024, also sanctioned the appointment of anganwadi supervisors, with 25% of the total posts reserved for in-service anganwadi workers in general area districts. Additionally, the upper age limit for anganwadi workers applying for selection processes has been removed.
The selection procedures will be conducted at the state level by the Director of Women and Child Development. This step is expected to streamline the recruitment process and bring efficiency to the appointment of anganwadi supervisors.
Furthermore, the cabinet decided to provide a tariff subsidy of Rs 200 crore to the Assam Power Distribution Company Limited (APDCL). This subsidy is aimed at offering financial relief to 59 lakh below poverty line (BPL) and domestic consumers in the state.
In a move towards social welfare, the cabinet has also taken steps to settle land-related cases in favor of 1.194 indigenous, landless families in 16 districts across urban and rural areas under Mission Basundhara. The timeline for the disposal of cases under this program has been extended until January 15.
Additionally, a proposal will be sent to the Central Government for the inclusion of the Madahi community in the Scheduled Tribe list of Assam, addressing a long-standing demand for tribal recognition.