Tuesday, 24 July 2018

24th July 2018 | Assam daily current affairs for APSC

Key State Cabinet approvals:

  • Approved the decision to nominate athlete Hima Das as the brand ambassador of Assam Sports.
  • The Assam Employees Parents Responsibility and Norms for Accountability and Monitoring (PRANAM) Bill. It is mandatory for Assam government employees to look after their aged and dependent parent/s and physically challenged siblings, if any, who don’t have their own source of income.
  • The State Cabinet also approved Rs 487 crore to upgrade the infrastructure of schools under Gunoutsav.
  • The Cabinet also increased the maximum age limit for OBC and MOBC to apply for jobs from 43 to 47.
  • Approved a new wildlife division for better administration and management of the Sixth Addition of Kaziranga National Park.
  • The Hojai-based Central Assam Afforestation Division has been renamed as Biswanath Wildlife Division and relocated to Biswanath. 
  • The Cabinet also scrapped a rule of the Excise Act which pertains to sub-leasing of bottling plants and breweries. “The provision of sub-leasing may lead to a situation giving opportunity to the sub-lesee to take recourse to malpractices. Such a situation may lead to complications making it difficult for the department to fix responsibility and liability on the original license holder.
  • It also decided to compensate 225 families whose land has been acquired for the expansion of the IITG.
  • The State Cabinet has also approved UGC’s revised scale of pay for college teachers. Employees of Medical College and technical colleges will also get salary as per UGC revised pay scale.

Meghalaya Government banned import of fish packed in ice for 15 days after several samples returned formalin positive.

  • 9 samples were found laced with formalin when they tested these with the recently procured Formaldehyde Detection Test (FDT) kits.
  • Most of the samples were taken from Nongpoh, Ri-Bhoi district and fishes were imported from Andhra Pradesh. 
  • The Meghalaya Fisheries dept recently received 14 FDT kits from Cochin-based Central Institute of Fisheries Technology.

The Centre has directed the Pollution Control Board, Assam, regarding treatment of sewage and the Commissioner of the Guwahati Municipal Corporation (GMC) for implementation of the Solid Waste Management Rules, 2016.

  • Union Minister for Environment, Forest and Climate Change Dr Harsh Vardhan said that the Central government is aware of the problem of pollution levels in Guwahati and the city has been identified as a non-attainment city with respect to PM10, requiring proper air quality management.
  • Directions have been issued to the Assam Pollution Control Board, under Section 18(1)(b) of the Water (Prevention & Control of Pollution) Act, 1974 regarding treatment and utilization of sewage. 
  • Directions have also been issued to the GMC Commissioner for implementation of the Solid Waste Management Rules, 2016, and regarding treatment and utilization of sewage for restoration of river water quality. 
  • The Additional Chief Secretary, Environment and Forest, Government of Assam, has also been issued directions for setting up of facilities for treatment, storage and disposal of hazardous waste.

The Chief Minister is scheduled to inaugurate the Kanaklata Women Empowerment Scheme in Cachar and Karimganj districts as a part of the ongoing efforts of the Government to make women of the State self-reliant.

  • Rs 315 crore has been allotted in the Budget for various activities to ensure that women of the State become self-reliant and empowered.


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