Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal, finance minister Himanta Biswa Sarma, Gauhati MP Queen Oja were present at the launch today Credit: Twitter

Guwahati: Ahead of the 2021 assembly elections, Assam government on Tuesday launched Orunodoi scheme under which Rs 830 will be transferred every month to the bank accounts of around 20 lakh families.

The scheme, worth Rs 2,800 crore, will enable marginalised households in purchasing essential commodities and medicines. The breakup of Rs 830 is Rs 400 for medicines, Rs 200 for 4 kg pulses, Rs 80 for sugar and Rs 150 for essential vegetables and fruits.

Calling it as the largest ever Direct Benefit Transfer (DBT) scheme, finance minister Himanta Biswa Sarma said, “Oronudoi is designed keeping in mind that women are primary caretakers of households, and therefore the benefit is best transferred to their accounts. The women need to ensure that they have a bank account under Jan Dhan Yojana.”

The scheme covers around 90 lakh people in all 33 districts of Assam, comprising of 2,277 Gram Panchayats and 100 urban areas.

Further, in order to assist DCs in program implementation, 504 Orunodoi Sahayaks have been engaged, informed the finance minister.

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