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BJP nominates Sarbananda Sonowal RS candidate for Assam  

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Agartala: Former Assam Chief Minister and Union Minister Ports, Shipping and Waterways Sarbananda Sonowal has been nominated as a Rajya Sabha candidate from Assam, A press statement from Bharatiya Janata Party reads.

The by-elections for a Rajya Sabha seat is to be held shortly and the party reposed it’s faith on the party old-guards.

Apart from that, L Murgan had been pitted by the BJP in another seat set for polls at Madhyapradesh.

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Guwahati police arrest Congress MLA Sherman Ali for his martyr remark

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Guwahati: Congress MLA from Baghbar constituency Sherman Ali has been arrested by the Assam police for his alleged ‘martyr remark’ recently. The Assam police has picked up the Congress leader from MLA hostel.

Ali has been brought to Pan Bazar police station for questioning. Multiple complaints were filed against him by several organizations with the police. In Guwahati, Bir Lachit Sena also filed a police complaint at Dispur police station about his alleged martyr remark.

He will be taken to Mahendra Mohan Choudhury hospital for a health check up. Sherman Ali claimed that Dayanath Sarma and eight others were not martyrs, rather they were killers. “In the year 1983 several Muslim people (Miya origin) were brutally killed by Dayanath Sarma and eight other persons,” said Ali.

Assam Pradesh Congress Committee (APCC) General Secretary Bobbeeta Sharma has issued a show cause notice to Baghbar MLA Sherman Ali Ahmed for his “communally provocative” comments on Assam agitation and Dayanath Sharma in front of the media

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Tea exports remain sluggish for the past 10 years

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Guwahati, Oct 1: There is not so good news for the North East especially Assam which is known for tea plantation as tea exports have remained sluggish for the past 10 years and the government is concerned about this.
Union Minister of State of Commerce and Industry Anupriya Singh Patel said, “Tea is a 200-year-old industry and the government is worried as exports have remained stagnant for the last 10 years even as the sector has a much bigger potential. The Government is keen to facilitate it with all possible support for increasing export,” she said.
Patel said that the five-year (2021-22-2025-26) Tea Development and Promotion Scheme (TDPS) has earmarked Rs 967.78 crore for supporting tea growers and a sector specific allocation of Rs 98.08 crore was made for increasing exports from northeast region.

Of this, Rs 298.76 crore was allocated for clearing pending subsidies, she said, adding that another Rs 1,000 crore has been approved exclusively for the overall development of tea garden workers in Assam and West Bengal, particularly for women workers and their children in the areas of health, education and skill development.

Patel said that she has asked all concerned to propose a self-sustaining model and the government would support it. Meanwhile, the tea planters informed the minister that the organised tea industry has been facing the issues of increasing costs and stagnant selling prices, leading to shrinkage of margins, and pushing many estates towards economic unsustainability.

According to apex industry body, Tea Association of India (TAI), India’s share remained constant at around 22 per cent and export share between 12 per cent to 13 per cent in the last 10 years in the World market, while China has increased production share from 34 per cent to 45 per cent and also export share from 16 per cent to 19 per cent, Kenya too has increased its export share from 24 per cent to 26 per cent during this period.

Meanwhile, Patel also said that the Commerce and Industry Ministry has decided to promote Assam’s silk and handicrafts and the Mumbai-based Indian Institute of Packaging has been asked to impart training to the people in the state.

She also said that the Spices Board would set up a NABL accredited laboratory in Assam.

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Assam to provide Rs 700 cr relief package to Hindustan Paper Corporation Employees

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Guwahati: Slew of decisions have been taken in the weekly Assam Cabinet meeting like relief package for Nagaon and Cachar paper mill employees, relieving revenue officers from miscellaneous duties, relaxation in fund norms for social assistance schemes and new municipal corporations among others.

The Assam Government has decided to provide a Rs 700 crore relief package for Hindustan Paper Corporation Employees. As per the cabinet decision, the government shall provide a relief package to all 1,100 employees of the now-defunct Cachar and Nagaon paper mills of Hindustan Paper Corporation Ltd (HPC).

Quantum of relief package will be assessed based on PF, Gratuity, Pension, Salaries and other dues as claimed and admitted before liquidator. The relief will also be provided to school teachers, contractual co-operative workers of HPC.

The Assam Government will facilitate workers/employees, who have not completed their service in getting jobs in the new industries to be established in HPC land, in future. Government jobs will be provided to the youngest 100 employees/workers of HPC.

Doctors, paramedical staff of HPC will also be accommodated in Government jobs. A fund of Rs 10 crore to be set up for welfare of HPC workers. The Assam Government will approach National Company Law Tribunal (NCLT) through the official liquidator for taking over the assets of HPC Ltd. After exercising due diligence.

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