With just a few months left for the assembly elections in Assam, the state government on December 1 announced the state’s ‘biggest’ direct benefit transfer scheme – ‘Orunodoi’.
Assam chief minister Sarbananda Sonowal ceremonially inaugurated the scheme in Guwahati on December 1 in presence of a number of beneficiaries.
The scheme has been rolled out with over 17 lakh families as beneficiaries at present, under which the government would transfer Rs 830 per month to the account of one of the female members of the family under the scheme.
After the election of the Bodoland Territorial Council (BTC), the number of beneficiaries will increase to 22 lakh families and the state government would need Rs 2400 crore every year for the scheme.
Speaking on the occasion, Sonowal said: “Government of Assam is committed to build a socio-economically oriented women development narrative and the Orunodoi DBT scheme launched today would serve as a big fillip to the empowerment of women.”
He said based on the doctrine of ‘Sabka Saath, Sabka Vikash and Sabka Viswas’, the present state government since the time of assuming power has been working for the socio-economic and academic development of all sections of the people.
Stating that without the help and cooperation of all sections of the people, no government programme can succeed, Sonowal urged upon the people including the journalists to extend cooperation and maintain close watch on the performance of the government.
Stating the Orunodoi scheme as an endeavour of the state government to lend prestige and dignity to the women of the state, Sonowal thanked finance minister Himanta Biswa Sarma and his team in the Finance Department for conceiving a scheme through which the women folk would receive monthly financial assistance.
Secure monthly income for 22 lakh families through Orunodoi: Himanta Biswa Sarma
Sarma, while speaking on the occasion, said through Orunodoi scheme, state government has cleared the decks for ensuring secured monthly income to the beneficiaries of 22 lakh families of the state.
He said that under the scheme widow, unmarried women, divorcee, dibyang would get special preference.
On the occasion, the chief minister and the finance minister ceremoniously handed over sanction letters to a few beneficiaries.