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Bill banning 'magical healing' approved by Assam cabinet

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Guwahati: The Assam government approved a bill to prohibit and remove "magical healing" practices in the name of treatment, proposing harsh penalties for "healers".

The decision was made during a cabinet meeting led by Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma on Saturday.

Sharing the decisions taken at the meeting on X, Sarma said the cabinet also selected 10 cities/towns for a dedicated sustainable development programme and proposed to bring in reforms in the state municipal cadres.

The council of ministers approved the ‘Assam Healing (Prevention of Evil) Practices Bill, 2024’.

The proposed bill seeks to “prohibit and eliminate practices of magical healing in the name of treatment of some congenital diseases such as deafness, dumbness, blindness, physical deformity and autism”.

“It will prohibit such healing sessions completely and provide strong punitive action against ‘healers’ extorting the poor and downtrodden people in the name of treatment,” the CM wrote on X.

For sustainable urban development, the concept of ten cities development (Doh Shaher-Ek Rupayan) will be introduced.

The implementation of the concept will be monitored and reviewed by a state-level steering committee.

Key components under it include solid waste management, clean and potable water supply, traffic management, urban planning and manpower rationalisation and capacity building.

The cabinet approved an amendment of the Assam Municipal Act 1956, through which roles and responsibilities of three state municipal cadres will be defined.

It also gave its nod to the ‘Assam Village Defence Organisation (Amendment) Bill, 2024’, for improving the VDOs.

For administrative efficiency, an additional 352 posts will be created in the Assam Secretariat Service and Assam Secretariat Subordinate Services.

The cabinet further approved a Wildlife Safari and Rescue Centre at Namdang Reserved Forest under the Dibrugarh Forest Division.

It will be established at an estimated cost of Rs 259 crore and will showcase the biodiversity of the Northeast region and become a major tourist attraction.


With PTI inputs


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