Kolkata: Bengal Finance Minister Dr Amit Mitra on Wednesday presented the State Budget for the year 2018-19 at the West Bengal Legislative Assembly. Amit Mitra has announced ‘Manobik’ scheme for disabled persons.
Persons with 40% disabilities or more will receive a monthly pension of Rs 1,000. The scheme will be called Manabik. Rs 250 crore for this scheme allocated for this scheme.
The State provides old-age pension to farmers. The Finance Minister proposed to increase the monthly pension from Rs 750 to Rs 1000. The number of beneficiaries will increase from 66,000 farmers to one lakh farmers. Additional 34,000 farmers will hence benefit from this scheme.
For the empowerment of girls in Bengal, the Chief Minister launched the Kanyashree scheme. The state spends Rs 1,250 crore per annum for this scheme. This is a great step towards social reform.
The annual stipend is proposed to be increased from Rs 750 to Rs 1000. Lakhs of girls will be benefitted.