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    Assam Budget 2020-21: Govt Introduces 18 Flagship Schemes

    Implementation of the 18 flagship schemes will remain the topmost priority of the Government throughout the year: Himanta Biswa Sarma

    The Assam Government has introduced 18 flagship schemes in the Budget 2020-21 presented in the Assembly on March 6th, 2020. The Assam Finance Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma informed this in the Assembly.

    “Like every year, I would like to place before this August House, the 18 Flagship Schemes whose implementation remains the topmost priority of the Government throughout the year,” Finance Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma tweeted.

    Also read: Live Updates: Assam Budget 2020-21

    He further said that the schemes which are better known as the “Ashtadash Mukutor Unnoyonee Maala” have laid the foundation for not just growth and development but also equity and justice for the people of Assam since 2016.

    Also read: Govt’s Primary Goal Is To Ensure Development: Himanta

    “While some schemes announced in previous Budget have been retained because of their transformational values and continued relevance, I’ve also replaced some of them with a few other imp schemes which will create a significant difference to lives of the common people of our State,” Sarma added in his Budget speech.

    Some of the schemes:

    1. Increase stake of Assam Government in Numaligarh Refinery Ltd.

        • NRL’s origins can be traced back to the historic Assam Accord
        • GoA to acquire an additional shareholding in NRL to take its total stake to 26%

    2. Anna Yojana (Amount: Rs. 498 Crore)

    • Free rice for all beneficiaries under the National Food Security Act
    • Total number of beneficiary families: 57 Lakhs
    • Ensure nutritional guarantee for all

    3. Jyotisman Asom (Amount: Rs. 650 Cr)

     • Free electricity to all households with monthly consumptions <=30 units
     • Adequate to cover the basic electricity needs of a family

    4. Swami Vivekananda Youth Empowerment Yojana (Amount: Rs 1000 crore)

    • To encourage youth to engage in economically productive activities.
    • To cover 2,00,000 youths of the State

    5. Chah Bagicha Dhan Puraskar (Amount Rs 220 crore)

    The government will release the third tranche of Rs. 3000 to 7,21,485 bank accounts to strengthen our efforts to enhance financial inclusion in the Tea Garden areas.

    6. Arundhati Gold Scheme

    The financial assistance under ‘Arundhati’ will be enhanced to Rs 40,000. A sum of Rs 150 Crore has been allocated for this scheme in Budget 2020-21.

    7. Welfare Schemes for Tea Tribes & Adivasi Wage compensation for pregnant women

    • Wage compensation expanded from the existing 6 months to 9 months
    • Comp increased to Rs 18,000 to be paid in 6 inst
    • Will support pre-natal and post-natal health checkups & provide nutritional security

    8. Comprehensive Social Security Schemes

    A consolidated sum of Rs. 505 Crore is allocated under the Panchayat & Rural Development Department. Aidon Handique Samman Asoni– a new scheme to provide a universal allowance of Rs.250 per month to each unmarried/ divorced/separated single woman in the State above the age of 40 years

    9. Pragyan Bharati Scheme One time Education Loan Subsidy of Rs 50000 & Scooties to 20000 top-ranked female students in Class 12th will also be given.

    10. Asom Darshan

    • Devt of tourist spots & religious places of all faiths
    • Rs 10 lakh transferred for infrastructure development to 915 religious institutions Rs 2 Lakh Annuity Grant for each Devalaya in 2020-21
    • Rs 2.5 Lakh to 8000 Namghars for infra
    • Rs 614 cr for road connectivity improvement

    11. Yuva Arohan (Amount: Rs. 150 Crore)

    • Development of entrepreneurial mindset in youth for a Resurgent Assam
    • Intro of ‘Entrepreneurship’ as a curricular subject from Class XI onwards
    •  ‘Nano-entrepreneurship Grant’ as Seed Capital for real-life projects

    12. Bhraman Sarathi (Amount: Rs 158 Crore)

    • Free and dedicated bus services for women and senior citizens in Guwahati
    • Pink buses in busiest routes will provide safe and comfortable rides
    • Free ride in ASTC for youth appearing in examination/ interviews

    13. Assam Cancer Care Foundation (Amount: Rs 500 Crore)

    • 3 tier Cancer Care Grid
    • State contributed Rs. 550 Crore and Rs. 250 Crore by Tata Trusts so far
    • Construction in progress in 8 districts, Phase 1 within 2020-21
    • Unified Technology Platform; 34,544 detections in 3 years.

    14. Sanitary Napkin Scheme

    Government to provide free sanitary napkins to girls studying in Classes 6 to 12 in government and government-aided schools. Each girl will be provided with 18 beltless sanitary napkins per month.

    15. Yuva Arohan  (Amount: Rs. 150 Crore)

    • Development of entrepreneurial mindset in youth for a Resurgent Assam
    • Intro of ‘Entrepreneurship’ as a curricular subject from Class XI onwards
    • ‘Nano-entrepreneurship Grant’ as Seed Capital for real-life projects

    Photo credit: @himantabiswa

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