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Assam govt to provide minority certificates to six communities

The decision was taken during a cabinet meeting chaired by Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma, on Sunday.

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Guwahati: The Assam government on Sunday announced that it will provide minority certificates to Muslims, Christians, Sikhs, Buddhists, Jains and Parsis.

The decision was taken during a cabinet meeting chaired by Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma, on Sunday.

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“We are starting it for the first time. There was no certificate-based identification of the minorities. Now, they will have the certificates. These will help them to avail of benefits,” Keshab Mahanta said.

The cabinet also decided to pay an ex-gratia of Rs 2 lakh each to 288 seriously injured persons and 57 women victimised during the Assam Agitation of the early 1980s.

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