Kolkata: Bengal Finance Minister Dr Amit Mitra on Wednesday presented the State Budget for the year 2018-19 at the West Bengal Legislative Assembly. Ruposhree and Manobik were two new schemes announced in the Budget today.
The Budget laid stress on social welfare as well as employment generation. From farmers to tea garden workers, people with disabilities to women empowerment, there were several major announcements.
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 benefited.
A lot of families face hardship arranging money for the marriage of their daughters. The State wants to stand by these families. Families with annual income less than Rs 1.5 lakh, will get Rs 25,000 to marry their daughters off after they attain the age of 18.
This scheme will be called Ruposhree. Rs 1,500 crore allocated for this scheme. Six lakh families will benefit.