Assam Cabinet proposes Governor's Rule in BTC till polls
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Assam Cabinet proposes Governor's Rule in BTC till polls

The Cabinet had in its previous meeting on October 7 approved holding of the BTC elections in December

GUWAHATI:

The Assam Cabinet has recommended the Governor’s Rule in Bodoland Territorial Council (BTC) till the elections are held in the council and requested the State Election Commission to complete the election process in BTC by December 15, 2020.

The Cabinet had in its previous meeting on October 7 approved holding of the BTC elections in December.

Elections to the 40-member autonomous council, covering the four districts of Kokrajhar, Chirang, Baksa and Udalguri, were earlier scheduled for April 4, 2020, but had to be deferred indefinitely given the COVID-19 pandemic.

BTC had come under the Governor’s Rule for the first time on April 27, 2020, when the five-year term of the council expired.

Assam Governor Jagdish Mukhi had assumed the BTC administration from that day “in public interest in the exercise of powers vested in him under paragraph 16 (2) of the Sixth Schedule.”

The meeting of the Council of Ministers (CoM) chaired by Assam chief minister Sarbananda Sonowal here on Thursday also approved exemption of sand, steel, bitumen etc, to be used in the construction of the proposed Majuli bridge, from state GST (goods and services tax), royalty and local taxes.

The CoM decided that the state government would bear the cost of land required for the approach roads of the proposed bridge.

The Cabinet also decided to give Rs 10 lakh to the next of kin of Raben Das, the constable who died while apprehending cattle smugglers recently.

The CoM meeting further decided to provide funding to gaushalas (traditional shelters for abandoned cows) to fill up the gap in funds required to feed cows.

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