The Assam government will distribute motorcycles to around 36,000 well-educated students, mostly girls, who have passed the high school exams this year.
A proposal to implement the program at a cost of ₹ 258.9 crore was approved by the Cabinet on Wednesday, Education Minister Ranoj Pegu told reporters after a meeting chaired by Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma.
A total of 35,800 students — 29,748 girls who got first class and 6,052 boys who got 75% marks — will get the motorcycle, he said.
The Department of Higher Education will also provide financial assistance for enrollment and insurance for students, he added.
The cabinet has also decided to increase the monthly salary of assistant professors working on fixed salary in state colleges to ₹ 55,000, the minister said.
The cabinet has decided the procedure for issuing certificates to the plain hill tribes and plain hill tribes, said tourism minister Jayanta Malla Baruah.
Acting certificates will be issued by the deputy governors under ‘Mission Bhumiputra’ to help them get financial, educational and employment benefits provided by the State government, he said.
To promote tourism, it has also been decided to build a hotel in Kaziranga by the Hyatt group, said Mr. Baruah.