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Assam Government likely to push Deadline for accepting Old Notes in Hospitals amid prevailing Currency Crisis

Assam Government plans to extend the deadline further by another week to help those undergoing treatment in government hospitals

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Guwahati, Nov 14, 2016: In the wake of the prevailing currency crisis, the Assam government is mulling extension of the deadline for making payments in scrapped currency notes to help those undergoing treatment at government hospitals, AssamFinance Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma said on Sunday.

Although the central government has extended the deadline to accept the old currency notes in government hospitals to November 14, the state government plans to extend the deadline further by another week to help those undergoing treatment in government hospitals, Sarma said.

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“The Central government’s deadline will end tomorrow. Let’s see if the central government extends the deadline further. In case the Centre does not extend this, we might go for extending this by another week,” the Minister said.

The Minister, however, said the same cannot be extended to private hospitals, as the central government had not included the private hospitals in its earlier order. (IANS)

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Assam Government signs a MoU with Google India to expand Internet Connectivity

It will provide Internet connections to 26,000 villages and 1,500 tea garden areas in Assam

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Guwahati, Assam, September 8, 2017: The Assam government on Thursday signed a MoU with Google India to take Internet connectivity to the remotest part of the north-eastern state.

Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal said the government would work to provide Internet connections to 26,000 villages and 1,500 tea garden areas in Assam under the MoU and thus increase digital literacy.

Information Technology Secretary Nitin Khare and Google India Country Head (Policy) Chetan Krishnaswami signed the Memorandum of Understanding in the presence of Sonowal.

“Technology rules the roost in the 21st century and the state government has upped the ante to use technology to carry forward the fruits of development to the remotest parts of Assam,” the Chief Minister said.

He said the ties with Google was a way forward to strongly pitch Guwahati as a natural gateway to the South-East Asian countries.

Sonowal said his government in sync with the Centre was working for the success of Startup initiative but the success of such programmes sans technology would be a distant dream.

“The MoU will be used as a launchpad to achieve the state government’s vision of women empowerment, skill development, and universal education,” he said.

The Chief Minister asked the Information Technology Department to take steps to make technology acceptable and favourable among the rural populace so as to catalyse rural development. (IANS)