Guwahati: Assam Government on Tuesday launched its flagship scheme 'Orunodoi' at Numali Jalah Parade Ground in Aminagon, Guwahati.
Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal and Finance Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma launched the scheme.
Speaking at the occasion, CM Sonowal thanked Finance Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma and his team for their efforts in implementing the ambitious plan.
The objective of this scheme is not only providing financial benefits but with it, many objectives of public welfare are connected. Food security is one of the main objectives of the Orunodoi scheme.
Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma said, "The scheme seeks to provide Rs. 830 per month to over 18 lakh families so that beneficiaries can purchase medicines worth Rs. 400 every month. Five kg of lentils can be purchased at Rs. 200. Rs. 80 can be spent to buy sugar. And the remaining RS.150 can be used for buying fruits."
"This year's budget amount for this scheme is 2800 crore. This reflects a change in the approach of the poverty alleviation program, where the government does not decide how to spend money on the poor, but where there is a substantial cash transfer to poor families shall enable them to make informed decision to spend money on health and nutrition," According to a press release issued by the State government.
While designing this program government has kept in mind the basic requirement of health and nutrition of a household.
One of the other main features of this program is to ensure timely credit of the beneficial subsidy amount directly to the nominated female head of household.
Research has shown that the financial benefits provided by governments are better utilized for the purpose when control is in the hands of the female of a household.
Thus, the female head of the family, who has missed opening a bank account, should contact the bank or banking correspondent to open a bank account under Jan Dhan Yojana.
The application process for the Orunodoi scheme began in September this year. Preference is given to the households having widows, unmarried women, and especially disabled persons. Those having, four-wheeler, tractor, TV, fridge, etc. will not be eligible under the Scheme.
Noteworthy is that if anyone who is not eligible, but has enrolled for the Scheme may voluntarily contact the GP office/VCDC/ULB to remove their name.