GUWAHATI, Feb 10 – The State Cabinet today accepted on principle the demand to change the name of the North Cachar Hills district to Dima Hasao district. However, the final decision in this regard is awaited.
Official sources said that the State Cabinet, chaired by Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi this evening, also agreed that the other major ethnic groups living in NC Hills including Hmar, Kuki and Jemi Naga would not be allowed to feel deprived and special development councils for them would be created.
Sources said that the State Cabinet had earlier constituted a cabinet sub committee to examine the demand for renaming the NC Hills district and the Cabinet today accepted on principle the recommendations of the sub-committee. However, it would take some time before the final decision is taken in this regard as certain formalities are to be completed.
Meanwhile, in another major decision, the State Government has decided to launch a special tiger conservation project, particularly in Kaziranga, Manas and Nameri National Parks. Sources said that the three national parks have highest concentration of tigers and there is urgent need for taking up special measures to ensure protection of the tiger population.