Odisha State Government has launched a new scheme for elderly weavers in the state to mark the National Handlooms Day. Named as “Baristha Bunakar Sahayata Yojana”, the scheme is aimed at providing financial assistance to the elderly weavers in the state.
Under this scheme the state government would provide Rs 500 pension to the weavers, on the occasion of National Handloom Day.
Financial Relief for Weavers in Odisha:-
- Odisha government has initiated several welfare schemes for the weaver community in the state and increase the reach of handloom.
- There are about 8000 weavers in the state working in this field for more than 20 years to which the scheme will be extended.
- Under the Baristha Bunakar Sahayata Yojana, the weavers above the age of 60 years will get an allowance of Rs. 500 per month while weavers above 80 years of age will get Rs. 700 per month
- The allowance amount will directly be deposited into the bank account of about 8000 beneficiary weavers. The scheme will put an extra burden of 5 crore annually on the state government.
Odisha Cabinet accords in-principle approval to implementation of Kalinga Siksha Sathi Yojna
Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik has accorded in-principal approval to a new education loan scheme for poor meritorious students in the state. Named as “Kalinga Sikshya Sathi Yojana” the state government will provide education loans at interest of just 1 percent per annum to the poor students.
Objective of the scheme:
To ensure that the meritorious students from the poor families enroll into the higher studies. Until now, many such students do not enroll into the higher studies due to lack of the funds, but Kalinga Sikshya Sathi Yojana will ensure help to such students and their better future.
- The students wants to undergo higher studies in education, medical, engineering, management, law and others can avail the education loan under the new scheme.
- The scheme will definitely reduce the burden of education loans and financial stress on the poor households across the state.
- The state government has earmarked Rs. 500 crores for Kalinga Sikshya Sathi Yojana from its own resources. The state government has dedicated this scheme to former Chief Minister Biju Patnaik on his birth centenary.
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