Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma on Friday said that all diesel-run government buses in Guwahati will be replaced by electric and CNG buses next year. “We have bought 200 electric and 100 CNG buses. This will be Assam’s contribution to the global campaign to reduce carbon emissions,” Sarma said while addressing a press conference to mark 100 days of his government.
Sarma, who took charge on May 10, announced several decisions related to education, administration and economic relief.
He lauded the Assam Police for its action against human trafficking, drug drive and animal smuggling. The Chief Minister also handed over appointment letters to the kin of six policemen killed in clashes along the Assam-Mizoram border.
He announced a one-time cash assistance of Rs 10,000 to bus drivers and conductors and Rs 15,000 cash assistance to religious institutions affected by the COVID restrictions. He said that the assistance of underprivileged women would be increased from Rs.830 to Rs.1,000 from September 10.
Sarma said that geography and history (of India and Assam) will be made compulsory subjects in the government syllabus of classes 9, 10, 11 and 12. “…all high schools will be converted into higher secondary schools and junior colleges will include class 9 and junior colleges. 10,” he said. Admittedly, it will be implemented from April.