Assam CM Himanta Biswa Sarma | File photo

The Assam cabinet on January 27 decided to reduce the number of cars in the chief minister’s convoy to six while he is travelling within the Guwahati city.

The state cabinet decided that when the CM travels to other districts, the convoy will consist of 12 cars, excluding the escort and pilot vehicles.

“To end public inconvenience, we decided at the Assam cabinet to reduce CM carcade size and stop halting traffic for long during CM’s travel. We also decided to stop felicitations for CM and Ministers at official meetings, besides deciding on civic polls, etc,” Assam chief minister Himanta Biswa Sarma said in a tweet.

It was also decided that during road travel of CM, traffic will not be disrupted beforehand and if required, may be paused for a period of not exceeding two minutes.

Among other decisions, it was agreed upon that the movement of ambulances will get precedence over the chief minister’s convoy and hence will not be stopped.

The announcements came after a recent incident in Nagaon when the local deputy commissioner was ‘rebuked’ by the chief minister for “causing trouble to the commuters”.

The state cabinet also decided to observe “district day” by all districts on the date of notifications for district creation with the participation of local people.

Also, it decided to allow ministers to provide information on only those schemes which are already part of the budget or were already announced. New announcements will only be made through proper channels.

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