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Assam govt to conduct socio-economic study of indigenous Assamese Muslims

Assam govt to conduct socio-economic study of indigenous Assamese Muslims

Guwahati: The Assamese government said that it will evaluate the socioeconomic status of the state's indigenous Assamese Muslims.

The decision was made on Friday during a cabinet meeting that Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma presided over.

"A socio-economic assessment of indigenous Assamese Muslims will be conducted through the Directorate of Minority Affairs and Char Areas," Sarma posted on X.

The meeting decided that the Directorate of Char Areas Development, Assam, will be renamed as the Directorate of Minority Affairs and Char Areas, Assam.

The cabinet also gave in-principle approval to the issue of detailed procedure/standard operating procedure (SOP) for permitting traditional buffalo and bullfights that are organised during Magh Bihu.

The SOP aims to ensure that no deliberate torture or cruelty is carried out on the animals and their well-being is provided for by the organisers during the annual buffalo fights, an integral part of the centuries-old Assamese cultural tradition.

The council of ministers sanctioned Rs 259 crore to construct libraries across the state. For inculcating the habit of reading among students, libraries for children and adolescents, and digital infrastructure will be created under the 'Scheme for Special Assistance to States for Capital Investment 2023-24'.

The scheme aims at commencing the construction of new libraries and procurement of books, furniture, and computers with internet connectivity in 2,197 village panchayats and 400 municipal wards.

With PTI inputs

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