Guwahati, August 28: The Assam Cabinet on Thursday (August 27) approved insurance coverage of Rs 50 lakh for journalists, home guards and casual employees who succumb to COVID-19 while on duty.
The decision was taken during a meeting of the council of ministers, chaired by Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal in which the cabinet approved the proposal to provide insurance coverage to these three categories.
There were some other major decisions taken by the cabinet during the meet like increasing the upper age limit for state government jobs for Group-III and Group-IV by two years to 40 years.
The Assam Skill Development University Bill was also approved for setting up the Skill University in Mangaldoi at an estimated cost of Rs 900 crore during the meet.
The Assam cabinet also cleared the Assam Heritage Protection and Preservation Bill, proposed to take a grant of Rs 116 crore from NABARD for completion of the Dhansiri Irrigation Project, and cleared the Orunodoi Scheme for providing financial assistance to families with less than Rs two lakh annual income. (Agencies)