Schemes of West Bengal Government

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Schemes of West Bengal Government

This is the 12th topic under the West Bengal Geography Notes for WBCS Module. The links to the previous chapters are listed below:

  1. Introduction to West Bengal Geography
  2. Physiographic divisions of West Bengal
  3. Rivers of West Bengal
  4. Soil and Climate of West Bengal
  5. Mineral Resources of West Bengal
  6. National Parks and Wildlife Sanctuaries in West Bengal
  7. Agriculture in West Bengal
  8. Irrigation and Hydropower Projects in West Bengal
  9. Transport System in West Bengal
  10. Districts of West Bengal
  11. Demographic Profile of West Bengal

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Schemes of West Bengal Government

Kanyashree

  • One of the landmark programs of the Trinamool Congress Government, the Kanyashree Prakalpa, launched in 2013, is a scheme for empowering the girl child through enabling their education and thus, preventing their marriage at an early age.
  • The scheme has brought more than 48 lakh, adolescent girls, under its fold covering over 16,600 institutions across every corner of Bengal.

Sabuj Sathi Schemes of West Bengal Government

  • Sabuj Sathi is a scheme, launched in 2015, for gifting bicycles to students of classes IX, X, XI, and XII, both boys and girls, to make it easier for even those living in far-off places, to come to school and go back home conveniently.
  • The green-colored bicycles have noticeably improved attendance and have proved to be a tool of student empowerment, just like Kanyashree.
  • There have been 70 lakh beneficiaries (that is, 70 lakh bicycles have been distributed) to date.

Khadya Sathi

  • Through the Khadya Sathi Scheme, launched in 2016, the State Government is ensuring food security for the people of the state, the hallmark of the scheme is giving 5 kilograms (kg) of rice or wheat per family member per month at Rs 2 per kg.
  • There are special arrangements under this scheme for those below the poverty line, affected by Cyclone Aila, working in tea gardens, living in the Jangalmahal region, those in Singur, and a few other categories.
  • 66 crore people, comprising about 90.6 percent of the state’s population, have been covered under this scheme.

Sabujshree

  • Sabujshree is an innovative scheme that connects two noble causes – protecting the environment and promoting girl children.
  • Under the scheme, launched in 2016, the mother of a new-born girl child is handed over saplings for free to plant in someplace where it can be taken care of – so the tree grows up under her care just like her girl child.
  • 15 lakh seedlings have been distributed so far.

Shikshashree

  • Shikshashree is a scholarship scheme, begun in 2014, for scheduled caste (SC) category students from classes V to VIII.
  • The scholarship is being paid directly into the bank accounts of the students.
  • During financial years 2014-17, almost 38 lakh students were covered under this scheme.

Gatidhara Schemes of West Bengal Government

  • Through the Gatidhara Scheme, launched in 2014, the government provides loans of up to Rs 10 lakh on an easy installment basis to enable people to buy cars, small trucks, etc. for commercial use, with a subsidy of 30 percent or up to Rs 1 lakh over the sanctioned loan while repaying the loan.
  • Families with a monthly income of Rs 25,000 or less qualify for financial support under this scheme.
  • As of March 2017, the total number of beneficiaries covered is 13,393 and the amount of subsidy disbursed is Rs 125 crore.

Gitanjali

  • Gitanjali is a housing scheme, introduced in 2011, meant for providing shelter to people belonging to economically weaker sections (EWS).
  • A grant of Rs 70,000 is provided to a beneficiary in the plains whereas Rs 75,000 is provided to a beneficiary from the Hills region, the Sundarbans, and Jangalmahal.
  • Till March 2017, benefits have been extended to 2 lakh 98 thousand 745 families.

 Lok Prasar Prakalpa

  • The scheme, Lok Prasar Prakalpa was started in 2014 to rejuvenate the folk arts of Bengal coupled with the aim of disseminating social messages and information on the various developmental schemes run by the State Government.
  • Folk artistes between 18 and 60 years of age receive a retainer ship fee of Rs 1,000, and in addition, an opportunity for four performances per month, with Rs 1,000 paid for each.
  • Senior artistes, that is, those above 60, receive a similar sum as a monthly pension.
  • As of March 2017, benefits have been extended to nearly 1.94 lakh folk artistes.

Fair Price Medicine Shops

  • The purpose of Fair Price Medicine Shops (FPMS) or (in Bengali) ‘Najyamuller Aushadher Dokan’, first established in 2012, is to ensure round-the-clock availability of quality medicines, consumables, surgical items, implants, etc. at pre-approved discounted rates over the maximum retail price (MRP), to enable people from all economic backgrounds to buy them.
  • These types of medicine shops are located at State Government-run hospitals and medical college-cum-hospitals.
  • Till March 2017, 112 Fair Price Medicine Shops have been set up, selling goods at discounts of 48 to 78 percent on the MRP.
  • As of December 2016, the total sales have been Rs 1,331 crore and patients availed discounts worth Rs 829 crore, with 2.93 crore prescriptions being served from these facilities.

Shishu Sathi

  • Shishu Sathi Prakalpa is a program which was launched (in 2013) for providing free-of-cost operations for children up to the age of 18 years, covering the treatment of congenital cardiac diseases, cleft lip/palate, and club foot.
  • It is available at all State Government hospitals having pediatric facilities and at three private hospitals, namely, RN Tagore International Institute of Cardiac Sciences, BM Birla Heart Research Centre (both in Kolkata), and Durgapur Mission hospital.
  • About 12,000 children have received treatment through this scheme, so far.

Shishu Aloy

  • Shishu Aloys, launched in 2012, is a type of advanced Anganwadi Centres, aimed at making children ready for school at the age of 6 years.
  • Here, children are prepared for schools in every possible way as well as provided with nutritious food; they also get medical assistance.

Pathasathi

  • The project consists of developing wayside facilities for travelers on national and state highways and other important roads, named ‘Pathasathi’, run by self-help groups, societies, West Bengal Tourism Development Corporation (WBTDC), or certain designated agencies.
  • Each of these has a bathroom, a passenger’s waiting room, family rooms, and a restaurant.
  • A total of 67 such facilities are being constructed.

Swasthya Sathi

  • Swasthya Sathi, announced in 2016, is a cashless group health insurance scheme (that is, including families) for all those employed by the State Government’s departments, both permanently and part-time.
  • It is meant for various categories of employees like panchayat functionaries, para-workers like ASHAs, Anganwadi workers and civic police volunteers, contractual, part-time and daily wage earners under various departments, teachers and non-teaching staff of primary schools, secondary schools, and government-aided madrasahs, and others.

Sabala

  • Sabla is a scheme, begun in 2011, for adolescent girls, which aims to improve the nutritional and health status of girls between 11 to 18 years of age and equip them with life skills training and knowledge on family welfare, health and hygiene, and information and guidance on existing public services.
  • It is being implemented on a pilot basis in seven districts namely, Cooch Behar, Jalpaiguri, Alipurduar, Malda, Nadia, Kolkata, and Purulia through 29,444 Anganwadi Centres from 141 ICDS projects.

Anandadhara

  • The Anandadhara Scheme, initiated in 2012, is an anti-poverty program for the rural poor, implemented through the organizing of women into self-help groups (SHG).
  • The number of blocks involved in the program has increased from 32 during the financial year 2012-13 to 158 during 2016-17, and consequently, the number of SHGs has increased from 3.18 lakh to 4.58 lakh, respectively. During 2016-17, the credit accessed from banks was Rs 3,329.81 lakh, against a target of Rs 3,274.9 lakh (101.68%)

Yuvashree Schemes of West Bengal Government

  • Yuvashree was launched in 2013 to extend financial assistance of Rs 1,500 per month to 1 lakh of the job seekers registered in the employment bank portal, launched earlier by the government, selected on the basis of criteria like education (those who have passed at least eighth standard) and age group (beneficiaries must be in the age group of 18 to 45 years).
  • The recipients of the allowance are required to use it for training, vocational or otherwise, which will make them fit for employment.

Samabyathi and Baitarani

  • Samabyathi is a scheme, notified in 2016, for providing money to the next of kin of poor people in rural regions for organizing their funerals. Rs 2,000 is paid disbursed per funeral. Since the introduction of the program, 25,478 households have been benefited from this initiative and a sum of Rs 5.1 crore has so far been disbursed.

Swabalamban

  • Swabalamban is a scheme implemented through NGOs and companies for imparting vocational training to socially marginalized and distressed women, victims of trafficking, sex workers, the transgender community, and women in mortal danger, in the age group of 18 to 35 years; if necessary, the upper age limit for such category of women is relaxed up to 45 years.
  • Beneficiaries successfully placed at renowned outlets like Wow Momo, Pantaloons, Kothari, Au Bon Pain, and others.
  • Thirty Kanyashree beneficiaries have been trained under the Swabalamban Scheme by Brainware as unarmed security guards, out of whom 16 have been successfully placed in different organizations.

Khelashree

  • The Khelashree Scheme, inaugurated in 2017, is a developmental initiative to encourage sporting activities.
  • As per the scheme, Madhyamik and Higher Secondary schools, High Madrasahs, colleges, universities, all clubs from the first to the fifth divisions of the Kolkata League, and all clubs and sports institutions which have been getting annual financial aids from the State Government, would be given five footballs each.

Safe Drive Save Life

  • The Safe Drive Save Life program was started in 2016 to bring down road accidents in the State. It has been appreciated by the Supreme Court recently.
  • As a result of the program, the number of road accidents in the state has reduced by 19.52 percent. Naturally, the number of deaths and cases of injury has also come down by 11.5 percent and 14 percent, respectively.

Mission Nirmal Bangla Schemes of West Bengal Government

  • Bengal has constructed the most number of toilets as well as used up the highest amount of funds for constructing toilets.
  • In 2013, Nadia became the first ODF district in India.
  • The state reported 21,324 villages as ‘Declared ODF’, covering 1,929 GPs, till May 17, 2017, which is the highest in the country.
  • This initiative of the State Government achieved international recognition when it was selected as the first place winner for the 2015 United Nations Public Service Award in the category of ‘Improving the Delivery of Public Services’.

Sech Bandhu Prakalpa

  • The Sech Bandhu Prakalpa is a farmer-friendly project offering 46,000 new pump sets with power connectivity to farmers to boost irrigation in the state.
  • This would help the farmers in a big way and keep them away from illegal power consumption. As a result, it would also reduce power theft and improve the regularized power supply in rural Bengal.

Hawker Support Scheme, 2020

  • Any hawker who is a permanent resident of West Bengal, who is in extreme distress due to loss of business/ livelihood opportunities due to the outbreak of Corona Virus (COVID-19) will be eligible for the assistance.
  • The Scheme will provide financial assistance to such hawkers who have lost livelihood opportunities due to the outbreak of the Corona Virus (COVID-19).
  • The hawker does not have any alternative sustainable source of income and is passing through extreme distress.
  • The financial assistance of one-time ex-gratia payment of Rs. 2000/- will be provided to such hawkers.

Jai Bangla Scheme, 2020

  • All SC and ST persons above the age of 60 years are eligible under the scheme and shall receive a pension of Rs. 1,000 per month.
  • The State Government has decided to introduce Two new Old Age Pension schemes namely, Taposili Bandhu (Pension Scheme) for Scheduled Caste (SC) and Jai Johar (Pension Scheme) for Scheduled Tribe (ST).
  • The State government has also decided to enhance the pension is given under the existing Old Age, Widow, and Disability pensions schemes where the monthly pension is Rs. 600 – Rs. 750 to Rs. 1000 per month.

Rupashree Prakalpa

  • Govt. of West Bengal has launched Rupashree Scheme. In this scheme one-time financial grant of Rs. 25,000/- will be given to girls above 18 years old for marriage purposes.
  • The girl’s family income should be less than Rs. 1,50,000/- per year.

Utkarsh Bangla Schemes of West Bengal Government

  • A flagship Scheme for the entire non-institutional, non-project mode, short term Skill Development interventions to provide wage/ self-employment linked skills training to the residents of the State of West Bengal.

WB Free Tablet Scheme

  • WB Free Tablet Scheme has been announced by the West Bengal government on 3 December 2020.
  • In this scheme, the state govt. will provide free tabs for students in West Bengal.
  • CM Mamata Banerjee announced that around 9.5 lakh students studying in govt. / govt. aided schools would be benefited under Free Tablets Scheme.

WB Duare Duare Paschim Banga Sarkar Scheme 2020

  • As a part of the scheme, the West Bengal government will establish camps at every block of the state.
  • The camps will serve as centers for addressing the grievances of people.
  • The state govt. officials present at the camp will look into the requirements of people and try to fulfill them.
  • Camps set up by the state government will start functioning from 1 December 2020.

Karmai Dharma Schemes of West Bengal Government

  • The state govt. of West Bengal has also launched WB Karmai Dharma Scheme 2020.
  • In this scheme, the WB govt. will provide 2 lakh motorcycles to unemployed youths as a part of the previously launched Karma Sathi Prakalpa Scheme. All the jobless candidates would have to apply for this Self Employment Scheme to sustain their livelihood.
  • Boxes would be attached on the back of the bikes for carrying items to be sold. Youths would be able to sell sarees, clothes, or any other articles.
  • This Karmai Dharma initiative would help the unemployed youths to get self-employment and run their families.

WB Pathashree Abhijan Scheme 2020

  • WB Pathashree Abhijan Scheme has been launched by the West Bengal state government.
  • It is a road repair scheme, more than 7,000 stretches of roads comprising of 12,000 kilometers across the state would be repaired. CM Mamata Banerjee has launched this West Bengal Pathashree Abhijan Scheme on 1 October 2020.

WB Bangla Awas Yojana 2020

  • In WB Bangla Awas Yojana 2020, West Bengal Government is going to provide Free Houses for Sanatan (Hindu) Brahmin Priests.
  • Around 8,000 poor brahman pujari working in temples (mandirs) will get new homes under the flagship Banglar Awas Yojna housing scheme.
  • In addition to this, a monthly allowance of Rs. 1,000 per month will be provided to Hindu priests.
  • Bangla Awas Yojana is a part of the Pradhan Mantri Gramin Awas Yojana flagship housing scheme in West Bengal. Govt. will hand over these houses to the people on a specified date which is to be announced soon.

The schemes “Utkarsh Bangla” and “Sabooj Sathi” have won the prestigious World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) awards of the United Nations for skill development and distribution of bicycles to students.

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