GUWAHATI: A total of 18,20,000 beneficiaries have received Rs. 830 each as subsidy amount under the Assam Governmen’s flagship scheme—Orunodoi. The amount has been directly transferred to the bank accounts of the women as they are regarded as primary caretakers of the households.
Assam chief minister Sarbananda Sonowal and finance minister Dr. Himanta Biswa Sarma launched the much-anticipated scheme at a function in Guwahati on December 1.
The beneficiaries are elated to receive the subsidy amount as it helps them in purchasing essential commodities like nutritional items and medicines.
“We are happy to receive the money,” said a beneficiary at Biswanath.
“I have received Rs. 830. I would like to thank the Assam government,” said another woman at Demow.
The budgeted amount for this largest ever Direct Benefit Transfer (DBT) scheme for this year is Rs. 2800 crore. This marks a paradigm shift in the approach to poverty alleviation program, where government does not decide how money should be spend for the poor, but where a substantial cash transfer to poor households shall enable them to take informed decision to spend money on health and nutrition.
The initiative which has been taken in accordance with PM Narendra Modi’s vision of Sabka Vikas, the program would support Assam’s poor families by subsidies in—medicines worth Rs. 400, 4KG pulses worth Rs. 200, sugar worth Rs. 80 and essential vegetables and fruits worth Rs. 150.
1/5 #Orunodoi ~A matter of great personal pride to see Assam’s BIGGEST social welfare scheme being launched on Dec 1, 2020.
— Himanta Biswa Sarma (@himantabiswa) December 1, 2020
“#Oronudoi is designed keeping in mind that women are primary caretakers of households & therefore the benefit are best transferred to their accounts. The women need to ensure that they have a bank account under Jan Dhan Yojana,” said minister Dr. Himanta Biswa Sarma on Twitter.