Guwahati: At the ongoing session of the Assam legislative assembly, Assam’s finance and education minister Himanta Biswa Sarma gave answers to many lingering questions over the state government’s flagship program Orunodoi.
The government of Assam is all set to launch the scheme from October 2 under which they will be able to provide financial assistance to around 17 lakh families. Via this direct transfer scheme, Rs 830 will be given to eligible families per month. Much preference will be given to families which are run by female bread earners to buy essential items.
At the assembly session on Tuesday, Sarma clarified the ‘female earners’ as families with widows, unmarried women, families with a specially-abled mother, and families having divorced women.
The second priority would be given to poor families who do not have a ration card for free rice. Sarma also added that poor families with the National Food Security Scheme (NFSS) cards will also be given preference.
Although if a member of the family works under the government or PSUs, the family is not entitled to get any benefits of the Orunodoi scheme. Additionally, families having a refrigerator, income above Rs 2 lakh, having 15 bighas of land, having a four-wheeler, or their own tractors will also not be entitled to benefits under the scheme as stated by Sarma. However, families who own two or three-wheelers or tractors under self-help groups can avail of the benefits.
Additionally, Sarma also announced that instead of channeling funds to different schemes they will focus more of their energies into this particular scheme. The previous schemes according to him were giving mixed results hence via Orunodoi the state government plans to mitigate the financial woes of a substantial portion of the population.
Lastly, he added that more funds will be given out during special events like paying for school fees of wards and during festivals.