The Assam government on Sunday decided to withdraw around three lakh petty crime cases to reduce the load on the judiciary, a minister said.
Addressing a press conference after a Cabinet meeting here, Tourism Minister Jayanta Malla Baruah said lakhs of petty cases are pending across the state.
“Of the 4.19 lakh petty crime cases, we have decided to withdraw around three lakh cases invoking Section 321 of the CrPC. This will reduce the backlog of cases and decongest jails,” he said.
The government will soon issue instructions and detailed SOPs to the public prosecutor for filing appropriate petitions on the next dates of the respective cases, a Cabinet communique said.
The Cabinet also approved the Assam State Policy for Transfer of Development Rights for streamlining the process of land acquisition for the redevelopment of inner-city zones.
The Assam State Transit Oriented Development Policy was approved by the government to develop planned sustainable urban growth centres in the state.
It also accorded administrative approval of Rs 366 crore for upgrading 34 polytechnics and 43 government Industrial Training Institutes (ITI) into Centres of Excellence in association with Tata Technologies.
“The overall project cost is Rs 2,390 crore. The project will provide opportunities to 15,000-20,000 students every year to learn new technologies related to the industry,” the Cabinet note said.
The Cabinet approved the Assam Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) Roadmap, 2030 as a vision document to reduce losses and damages as well as strengthen the resilience of communities and systems for various disasters and climate change risks.
The government also approved the setting up of two new private universities — Girijananda Chowdhury University, Assam and Pragjyotishpur University.
The Cabinet also approved leasing out land to a joint venture company formed by the Assam government and National Dairy Development Board (NDDB) to execute the Assam Dairy Development Plan.
Accordingly, the government will execute the lease agreements for two land parcels at Jorhat and Dibrugarh to set up milk processing plants.