Guwahati, Sept 9: The Assam government will put forward the recommendation before the Centre to completely withdraw the Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act, 1958 (AFSPA) from the state from October 1, Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma said.
In view of the significant improvement in the security situation of the state, the cabinet approved the recommendation for the withdrawal of AFSPA from the remaining eight districts of the state, Sarma said late on Friday night.
“The final decision, however, will be taken by the Union government,” he added.
The AFSPA empowers security forces to conduct operations and arrest anyone without any prior warrant besides giving immunity from arrest and prosecution to the security forces if they shoot someone dead.
The state cabinet also approved an additional Rs 41.77 crore for developing infrastructure for the newly-raised 2nd battalion of the Assam Police in Hailakandi, 4th battalion in Sivasagar and 5th Battalion in Biswanath, Sarma said.
The cabinet also decided to provide a one-time financial aid of Rs 10 crore to the Himachal Pradesh government from the Chief Minister’s Relief Fund to deal with the devastation caused by the heavy rains and floods.
This aid will help alleviate the sufferings caused by the monsoons and support the Himachal Pradesh government’s efforts to provide immediate relief and rehabilitation in the affected areas, Sarma said.
The cabinet also approved the creation of 79 subdivisions, to be known as sub-districts, with geographical limits that would be co-terminus with the boundaries of assembly constituencies, he said.
The existing civil sub-divisions, except under Bodoland Territorial Region districts and sixth schedule districts of Karbi Anglong and Dima Hasao districts, will cease to exist.
This will ensure effective governance and bring public administration closer to the people, the Chief Minister said.
The cabinet also decided to amend the Assam Disaster Management Manual for revising the annual flood season in the state from May 1 to October 31, and rationalization of the fodder rate for flood-affected livestock.
The cabinet also decided to upgrade seven colleges to universities in line with NEP 2020, he said.
The cabinet also gave its nod for the declaration of the Charaideo archaeological site and 17 monuments located in its buffer area as protected monuments. (PTI)