Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma assigned Ajanta Neog the finance portfolio on Tuesday, rendering her the state’s first female finance minister.
Neog is also liable for social services, who was elected to a state assembly in the Golaghat assembly of Eastern Assam.
Neog said after taking control of the finance department that Chief Minister Sarma stated after taking the oath on Monday that the new government’s goal is to render Assam one of the top five states in India over the next five years, and she pledged to function and prepare accordingly to accomplish that goal.
She said that Sarma served as Finance Minister in the previous government led by Sarbananda Sonowal and was instrumental in reviving Assam’s economy.
“Sarma excelled in the finance department, raising the state’s tax share. As a result, I bear a significant obligation to continue his efforts toward the state’s overall growth “Neog informed the press.
Additionally, Neog said that as the head of the social welfare agency, she would advocate for the welfare of women and underprivileged groups.
The agency for social welfare has for many years been dealing with the condition of poor and poor people and the deprived community of residents.
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. I will investigate how the department could help women and economically disadvantaged citizens by expanding their livelihood opportunities “Minister said.
Neog, a former minister in the previous Tarun Gogoi-led Congress government (2001-2016), defected to the governing BJP weeks before the March-April Assembly elections.
The 57-year-old lawmaker, a four-term legislator, maintained her Golaghat seat by beating Congress candidate Bitupan Saikia by a margin of 9,325 votes.
Neog is the wife of Nagen Neog, a former Congress official who was assassinated in 1996 along with eight others by the banned United Liberation Front of Asom.
Women candidates contested 74 seats (7.8 percent) in the recently concluded three-phase Assembly polls, but only six were elected: three from the governing BJP, including Neog, one from the Asom Gana Parishad (AGP), and two from the opposition Congress.