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WR, I&PR, Minister Pijush Hazarika visits Barak valley

Staff Reporter, Silchar, October 11: Minister for Water Resources, Information & Public Relations, Social Justice and Empowerment, Pijush Hazarika,who is on a 3-day visit to Barak valley arrived Silchar and attended the function as the chief guest and distributed the Orunodoi Scheme cards at the Silchar Police Parade Ground here on Wednesday. Addressing the gathering, Minister Hazarika said that in order to provide economic and nutritional security to women across the state, by the Assam Govt. A large number of initiatives have been taken. Among them, foremost was the 'Orunodoi' scheme, which as its name suggests has literally become a beacon of hope for many. He said the Orunodoi Scheme, launched in 2020, plans poverty alleviation and socio-economic inclusion of financially weaker households in the state through financial assistance by DBT so that disadvantaged households are assured of a minimum monthly cash flow. The minister said another objective of the Orunodoi scheme is to reduce the multiplicity of schemes and consolidate them through the DBT platform with support for better delivery and results. Permanent residents of Assam whose compound family income is less than 2 lakh per annum will be benefited from this scheme. The main attractive feature of Orunodoi is that its guidelines make its own way for selection of beneficiaries by giving priority to people from different vulnerable sections of the society like divorced women, unmarried women, separated women, specially abled persons etc. The Finance Department ensures the rollout, implementation and operational monitoring of the scheme and a District Level Monitoring Committee (DLMC) comprising District Commissioners and other elected representatives monitors the quality of implementation at the grass root level. Orunodoi is implemented through a state DBT portal capable of transferring monthly Orunodoi benefits to the bank accounts of beneficiaries with minimum human intervention. These entire structures are created to embrace the poor and ensure that no one is discriminated against from the right to the scheme. The financial year 2020-21, 19 lakh women received 2830 direct deposits into their bank accounts on the 10th of every month. Later, the Assam government increased the monthly benefit to 1000 from October 2021 and from October 2022 the beneficiaries are getting additional Rs 250 as electricity subsidy. In this way 19 lakh families are being financially supported by Rs.1250 per month. MLA,Silchar , Dipayan Chakraborty, who was present in the event among others, said that since the time of COVID-19, the present Chief Minister Dr Himanta Biswa Sarma has been successful for the overall development of the entire state, he is working relentlessly after coming as the Chief Minister in the year 2021 with the blessings of the people of the state. As a result, this government has been able to win people's hearts and will continue to do so. MLA, Udharbandh ,Mihir Kanti Som said that the Orunodoi project is a big project in the whole India. Through this, the poor and poor families can benefit substantially. Speaking at the event, Lakhipur MLA Kaushik Rai said that this project is the largest project in the whole of India for the socio-economic development of women. District BJP president Bimalendu Roy, president Zilla Parishad,Amitabh Rai, CEO Zilla Parishad, Ranjit Lashkar, DDC Rajeev Roy and others were also present on the occasion.

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