North East

New department to protect Assam tribal communities

Guwahati, July 10 (UNI): The Assam government on Saturday announced to create a new department to protect the culture and practices of people belonging to tribal and other indigenous communities.

Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma said the new department would work for the state’s indigenous population to preserve their faith and traditions, while providing financial support to them.


He also urged Finance Minister Ajanta Neog to allocate sufficient funds for the creation of new department.

Sarma also said the Cabinet, during the meeting, has agreed that financial and administrative reforms were necessary to remove red tape and ensure speedy implementation of schemes.

It further decided that departmental heads will be entitled to give its nod for projects worth Rs 2 crore and below, and a finance committee headed by chief secretary for those between Rs 2 crore and Rs 5 crore.

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