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Sonowal to launch Orunodoi scheme today


GUWAHATI, Nov 30 - Barely months before the Assembly elections, Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal will launch the State�s biggest DBT scheme Orunodoi tomorrow under which 22 lakh poor families will get Rs 830 each in their bank accounts as medicine and nutritional support every month.

Finance Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma said beneficiary selection has been completed in 29 districts, and except for the four districts of BTR � where the model code of conduct is in place � the scheme will be launched in all the districts.

�If we leave BTR, we have got a list of 18.20 lakh beneficiaries. They will get their November entitlement tomorrow. However, banks might need four to five days to complete the transfer process,� he said.

The entitlement will be deposited in the bank account of a woman member of the family. Selected beneficiaries have already received an SMS.

The beneficiaries will also get the December entitlement on 25th of next month. �After that, the money will be deposited in the last week of every month,� Sarma said.

The scheme has a monthly financial implication of Rs 200 crore for the State government. The minister said the government wants to add another 8 lakh beneficiaries soon.

�The beneficiary list will be purified continuously. A logo � �Orunodoi Family� � will be fixed in the houses of the beneficiaries,� he said.

Eligible families include those with widows, unmarried women, divyang member and a divorcee woman. Poor families not having ration card for free rice will get the preference.

If any member of a family works under the government or PSUs, the family will not be entitled to get the benefits of the scheme.

Families having 15 bighas of land, tractor, four-wheeler, refrigerator, washing machine, AC and income above Rs 2 lakh are not eligible for the Orunodoi scheme.

The government has categorised the total subsidy as follows - Rs 400 for procuring medicines, Rs 200 as 50 per cent subsidy for 4 kg of pulses, Rs 80 as 50 per cent subsidy for 4 kg of sugar and Rs 150 to buy fruits and vegetable.

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