Economically disadvantaged families in Assam will receive an additional Rs 250 to help them pay their monthly power costs. This was stated by Assam CM Himanta Biswa Sarma on Saturday while launching the ‘Orunodoi Month’ and addressing a press briefing at the Janata Bhawan in Guwahati. The beneficiaries of the “Orunodoi” scheme, a major initiative of the state administration that currently covers close to 20 lakh people, would start receiving the predetermined additional amount in October.
The beneficiaries of the “Orunodoi” plan receive monthly financial support from the state government in the amount of Rs 1,000.CM Sarma said, “the Orunodoi recipients would begin receiving Rs 1,250 per month in October. Their electrical bills would be paid with the additional Rs 250. The cash might have been paid directly to the power company by the government, but it chose to encourage individual responsibility instead.”
Sarma added that the scheme’s beneficiary list would be revised in the following two months.Student volunteers will visit households for updating the list till September 20, and once the field visits are over, the list will be finalised by the district committees by October 10. He said that 6 lakh more eligible families are targeted to be included in the revised list.
“Orunodoi beneficiaries have been asked to voluntarily leave the programme if they no longer meet the requirements. Both online and offline methods are available, and 459 of these households have already given up receiving assistance under the programme, Sarma added.