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CM urges women to lead plan

Assam chief minister Sarbananda Sonowal on Thursday urged women to lead implementation of Sanskar scheme to be launched next week to educate people against misuse of social media.

By KONGKON K. BORA in Sivasagar
  • Published 15.06.18
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Assam chief minister Sarbananda Sonowal inaugurates the Mahila Samaroh in Sivasagar on Thursday. Picture by UB Photos

Sivasagar: Assam chief minister Sarbananda Sonowal on Thursday urged women to lead implementation of Sanskar scheme to be launched next week to educate people against misuse of social media.

Addressing the second Mahila Samaroh at Joysagar in Sivasagar district, Sonowal said women can play a pivotal role in educating their children and family members to generate awareness.

The drive was launched following the lynching of two youths in Karbi Anglong district on June 8, following a rumour on social media about child-lifters.

The meet was organised by Assam State Rural Livelihood Mission and the panchayat and rural development department.

Sonowal said the government would provide cash incentives to the first three self-help groups in the state.

Health, PWD and finance minister Himanta Biswa Sarma, who also addressed the meet, said all senior citizens will be provided old-age pension irrespective of their economic status. "Till now, old people belonging to BPL families were provided pension. The government has now decided to provide pension to old persons of APL (above poverty line) families too. The scheme will be launched on October 2 this year," he said. A budget of Rs 400 crore had been earmarked by the government.

Sarma said all self-help-groups, who have made satisfactory bank repayments, will be provided a government grant of Rs 50,000 and a bank loan of Rs 50,000 each.

Artefacts: More than 100 iron artefacts, believed to be spearheads used in the Ahom era, were recovered on Thursday when labourers were digging a canal at Bamunpukhuri tea garden at Nazira in the district.