On October 8, 2020, Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal launched “Swa-nirbhar Naari:Atmanirbhar Asom” for empowering the economically disadvantaged women in the State.
i.The scheme is expected to create more than 3.72 Lakh Sustainable Individual Assets and 822 Community Assets. It will benefit around 4 Lakh Families.
ii.It will be implemented in convergence with several schemes of Assam state government departments and missions such as Assam State Rural Livelihood Mission, Agriculture & Horticulture, Fishery, Environment & Forest, Handloom & Textiles, Sericulture, Veterinary & Animal Husbandry.
Individual & Community Asset Creation:
i.Five activities will be implemented in all Development Blocks in the case of Individual Asset Creation.
ii.Twenty activities to be implemented in selected Development Blocks for Community Asset Creation.
To ensure effective implementation of the scheme, monitoring committees will be constituted from Panchayat to State Level.
Importance of Panchayati Raj Institutions (PRI):
i.The Chief Minister highlighted the role of Panchayati Raj Institutions (PRI) in the implementation of the scheme.
ii.Prize awards of INR 3 Lakh, 2 Lakh and 1 Lakh will be given to the First Three Best Performing Panchayats.
Recent Related News:
i.On 4th September 2020, The Government of Assam relaunched its old scheme Swami Vivekananda Assam Youth Empowerment (SVAYEM) worth Rs.1000 crore. The scheme is aimed to provide self-employment opportunities to more than 2 lakh youths of the state.
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