14 Dec, 2022: Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma launched Orunodoi 2.0 scheme virtually from Assam House in New Delhi on Wednesday.
The chief minister stated during the launch of the scheme that the government’s aim is to cover 35 lakh beneficiaries under the Orunodoi scheme. He stated that the previous scheme excluded approximately 2 lakh 75 thousand beneficiaries.
More than 17 lakh women have been receiving Rs. 1,250 each on the 10th of every month under this scheme, which is credited directly to their bank accounts. It has greatly aided families in dire need, particularly during the repeated waves of COVID-19.
Around 10.50 lakhs new beneficiaries will be added to the Orunodoi 2.0 scheme, making it the largest DBT scheme in the history of Assam with total beneficiaries of 27 lakhs.
The chief minister also stated that the scheme will include disabled and transgender people. People living in old age homes will also benefit from the DC quota scheme.
He further said that all beneficiaries of Deen Dayal Dibyangan Pension Scheme and Indira Miri Universal Widow Pension Scheme to be subsumed under Orunodoi from April 2023.
“One of the ‘foremost beads’ among Ashtadash Mukutar Unnoyonee Maala announced in State Budget 2020-21, Orunodoi has brought a ray of hope for lakhs of families. I’m sure Orunodoi 2.0 will help eradicate poverty & ensure socio-economic welfare of financially vulnerable families,” he added.
The scheme’s total annual expenditure is Rs. 4,142 crores.