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Assam to confer civilian honours on the line of Bharat Ratna and Padma awards

Assam government has on Tuesday announced of state awards in the line of Bharat Ratna and Padma annual awards for eminent personalities and achievers in the state by providing cash and a slew of benefits.

While Bharat Ratna is the highest civilian honour in India and the Padma Vibhushan, Padma Bhushan and Padma Shri Awards follows, Assam has announced of conferring one Asom Ratna, three Asom Bibhushan, five Asom Bhushan and ten Asom Shree awards every year.

A media intimidation from the Chief Minister’s office following a Cabinet Meeting on Tuesday afternoon mentioned, ” The awards will carry Rs 5 lakh, Rs 3 lakh, Rs 2 lakh & Rs 1 lakh respectively. The awards will also include benefits like free medical treatment of critical illness, free stay at Asom Bhawans, free travel in ASTC buses etc.”

The Cabinet has also decided on initiating a literary pension on the name of litterateur Homen Borgohain to be conferred on his birth anniversary on December 7 and a sports pension in the name of Arjun Bhogeswar Barua on his birth anniversary on September 3.

Artiste Award will also be conferred on January 17 every year from now onwards and the list of awardees will be announced 7 days prior to the presentation ceremony.

The Cabinet also approved the simplification of flood damage assessment and repairing of infrastructure. The deputy commissioners have been authorised to take action between April 1 to October 31.

Among other decisions, it was decided on the display of the photograph of Assam’s first Chief Minister Gopinath Bardoloi along with those of the President and the Prime Minister in all government offices, and the formation of a committee to utilise 77,000 bighas of government land freed from encroachers at Gorukhuti in Darrang district.

The five-member committee would be headed by BJP legislator Padma Hazarika.

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