On 27th August, 2020 the Government of Assam approved the ‘Assam Skill Development University Bill’, which provides for setting up of World Class Skill University at Mangaldoi, Darrang District at a cost of 900 crore rupees.The University will be the first of its kind in the North-East Region and will be financed by Asian Development Bank (ADB).
Assam Industry and Commerce Minister Chandra Mohan Patowary made the announcement about the setting up of the university, after a cabinet meeting.
i.The State Government of Assam has tied up with Singapore based ITE Education Service, for setting up of the Skill Development University.
ii.Around 100 bigha land (16 hectares) is to be allotted at Mangaldoi in North Assam for the University.
iii.The university would also be set up as a Centre of Excellence (CoE).
i.The State Government also decided to increase the upper age limit for State Government jobs for the category of Group III & Group IV for two years. Now unemployed youths can apply for Government jobs until the age of 40.
ii.The Government also approved insurance to the tune of 50 Lakh Rupees to journalists, home guards and casual employees who succumbed to COVID-19 infection.
iii.Approval was given to the long-pending Dhansiri Irrigation project in Udalguri district, which was launched in 1975. The government proposed to take a credit of Rs 116 crore from National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (NABARD) for completion of the project.
iv.Approval was also given to Orunodoi Scheme for providing financial assistance of Rs. 830 rupees to families with less than Rs two lakh annual income.
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i.A 3-member high-level committee headed by SCL Das was formed by the Petroleum Ministry to inquire about the disaster at Oil India Ltd well in Assam.
ii.The 65th edition of Amazon Filmfare Awards 2020 was held at Indira Gandhi Athletic Stadium in Guwahati, Assam from15 Feb 2020 – 16 Feb 2020. Gully Boy’ bagged the best film award.
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