Important Government Schemes of West Bengal
Launched on– March 8, 2013
Department– Department of Women & Child Development and Social Welfare.
Objectives: The basic concept of this Scheme is to ensure women's empowerment, reduce school drop-out among girl students, and delay their marriage till at least 18.
Girls in the age bracket of 13 to 18 years with a family income of not more than Rupees 1,20,000 annually (waived for persons with disabilities) are the beneficiaries, provided they are not married until then.
Beneficiaries can get the following two types of grant.
- One is a direct cash transfer of Rupees 1000 Annually when they are in class VIII and above till they are 18 years of age so they can continue their education.
- Another one is provided when they turn 18. They can avail themselves of a one-time grant of Rupees 25,000 if they are still associated with education or occupation and remain unmarried.
Note: The State government declared August 14 as the Kanyashree Diwas to promote the Scheme to the entire state and set up a Kanyashree University in Nadia district and Kanyashree colleges across the state to promote women's education.
The Scheme was ranked best among many social sector schemes worldwide and awarded the highest public service award by the UNITED NATIONS in 2017.
Mission Nirmal Bangla:-
Launched on– November 19, 2013
Department– Department of Panchayats and Rural Development
Objectives– It is a cleanliness drive by which the State government is working to make the rural sector Open Defecation Free.
Benefits: Through this Scheme, the government is setting up toilets in rural households with poor economic conditions. They are working to provide safe and sustainable sanitation facilities in the schools, colleges, hospitals, ICDS centers, and regular roads.
Launched in– August 2013
Department– Health and Family Welfare Government of West Bengal.
Objectives: The Scheme aims to provide human breast milk to newborn babies born premature, malnourished, and suffering from malnutrition.
Benefits: The "Human Milk Bank" has been set up in SSKM hospital to formulate the Scheme.
Yuvashree Prakalpa (earlier name “Yuva Utsaha Prakalpa”):-
Launched on– October 1, 2013
Department: The Scheme is formulated under the Labour Department of the Government of West Bengal.
Objectives- To provide unemployment assistance to the unemployed youth to enhance their soft skills and get employed or become self-employed.
Beneficiaries: The unemployed youth between 18-45 enrolled in the Employment Bank may receive a grant of Rupees 1,500 per month.
Jal Dharo Jal Bharo Programme:-
Launched in– 2011-12
Department of Water Resources Investigation & Development, Government of West Bengal.
Objectives– Creates awareness of water conservation and rainwater harvesting is the main focus of the Scheme.
Benefits: Government excavates all kinds of water bodies like ponds, canals, and reservoirs to increase water holding capacity and set up minor irrigation projects under this Scheme.
Launched in– 2014
Department– Backward Classes Welfare Department and Tribal Welfare Department
Objectives: The government formulates the Scheme to provide financial support to the SC students studying in class V to class VIII, improving their participation in the educational institution and minimizing the percentage of school drop-out.
Benefits: Each student belonging to the Scheduled castes community of class V to class VII will get a grant of Rupees 750 per annum, and for class VIII, it will be 800 rupees. The family income of the students should not be more than Rs. 2.5 Lac per annum.
Launched in August 2014
Department– Transport Department of Government of West Bengal
Objectives– It is a self-employment generation scheme by the West Bengal government through financial support to the unemployed youths.
Benefits: Unemployed youths aged between 20 to 45 years with a monthly family income lesser than Rupees 25,000 will get financial support of 30 percent of their vehicle costs or Rupees 1,00,000 as a subsidy under this Scheme. Women will get a subsidy of Rupees 1,50,000.
Sabooj Sathi Scheme:-
Launched in– September 2015
Department: Backward Classes Welfare Department and the West Bengal SC, ST, and OBC Development & Finance Corporation joined to formulate the Scheme.
Objectives: The main focus of the Scheme is to decrease the school drop-out rate and access to quality higher education in a sustainable environment. It also aims at confidence-building among girl students in rural and urban mobility.
Benefits: Students of classes IX to XII in Government and Government Aided Schools and Madrasahs will get Bi-cycle each to ease their mobility.
Khadya Sathi Scheme:-
Launched on- January 26, 2016
Department– Food and Supplies Department Government of West Bengal.
Objectives: It is a poverty alleviation scheme of the state government. Ensure food security among the rural and urban poor is the main focus of the Scheme.
Benefits: This Scheme covers poor and economically backward classes, almost 90 percent of the state's total population. People get food grains at a very affordable cost (Rice Rupees 2/Kilo). At present, it is free of cost due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
Launched on– April 1, 2018
Department– Department of Women and Child Development and Social Welfare
Objectives– The Scheme aims to restrict Child Marriage and mitigate the problems of low-income families at the time of their daughter's marriage. They often need to borrow money from local money lenders at a very high-interest rate.
Benefits–Girls with a family income not more than Rupees 1,50,000 per year will get a one-time financial aid of Rupees 25,000 for economically stressed families when their adult daughters' marriages (must attain the age of 18 at the time of application).
Krishak Bandhu Prakalpa:-
Launched in– January 2019
Department– Department of Agriculture, Government of West Bengal.
Objectives: The purpose of this Scheme is to provide financial security to the farmers and their families due to crop loss, enhance their purchasing power, prevent incidents of farmers' suicide, etc.
Benefits: A cash benefit of rupees 10,000 maximum per year with landholding of 1 acre and more and rupees 4,000 minimum per year while landholding is less than 1 acre in two equal installments.
Swasthya Sathi Scheme:-
Launched on– December 30, 2016
Department– Health and Welfare Department of Government of West Bengal
Objectives– It is a group health insurance scheme for a better health care facility.
Benefits: Under this Scheme, a basic health coverage of 5 lakh per annum per family is secured, and there is no ceiling limit on the family size. Initially, it was launched for a few particular sections like ASHA workers, Civic Volunteers, ICDS workers, etc. Still, from December 1, 2020, it was opened to every family in the state.
Karma Sathi Prakalpa:-
Launched in– 2020
Department– Department of MSME and Textile
Objectives: It is an employment generation scheme under the government of West Bengal.
Benefits- One Lakh youths every year will get a loan of up to Rupees 2,00,000 under the Scheme to set up their venture.
Duare Sarkar Scheme:-
Launched on– December 1, 2020
Department- Finance, Planning & Statistics Department, Government of West Bengal.
Objectives– Doorstep accessibility of different government schemes.
Beneficiaries– people of the state can avail all the benefits of the government through this programme.
Hasir Alo Scheme:-
Launched in– February 2020
Objectives– Better electric connectivity for poor households at a very affordable cost.
Benefits– Poor Households with power consumption less than or equal to 75 units quarterly will benefit from free connectivity.
Launched in– 2020
Objectives: It is an employment generation initiative by the West Bengal Government.
Benefits: Under the Scheme, 2 Lakhs motorcycle will be distributed among the unemployed youth for their self-employment purpose.
Lakshmir Bhandar Scheme:-
Launched in– 2021
Department– Department of Finance Government of West Bengal.
Objectives: The government formulates the Scheme to alleviate poverty, generate employment opportunities among women, and empower them.
Benefits: Women belonging to SC/ST categories in all rural and urban households aged between 25 to 60 years will get an assured monthly income of rupees 1000, And women belonging to the other categories will get a monthly income of rupees 500.
Khela Hobe Scheme:-
Launched on– August 2, 2021
Department– Sports and Youth Affairs Department Government of West Bengal.
Objectives– To promote Sports culture in the state among youths and the cottage and handicrafts industry through the manufacturing of sports equipment.
Benefits: Government will provide 1 lakh football to different sporting clubs.
Note– State Government has declared August 16 as the "Khela Hobe Diwas".
Chokher Alo Scheme:-
Launched in – 2021
Department – Health and family welfare
Objectives: This social sector scheme aims to provide quality eye treatment facilities to older adults.
Benefits: Senior citizens will get free cataract operation through this Scheme. Elderly persons and students will get free spectacles. Free eye testing will be provided to the Anganwadi workers.
Duare Ration Prakalpa:-
Launched in – 2021
Department – Food and Supplies, Government of West Bengal.
Objectives: To ease the people to collect rations at the doorstep and mitigate corruption.
Benefits: Economically backward, people will get food grains at very affordable costs ( at present, it is free due to the Covid-19 pandemic).
Maa Canteen Scheme:-
Department – Urban Development and Municipal Affairs Department
Objectives – The main focus is to provide food at a very affordable price to the state's poor people.
Benefits: Canteens have been set up in the Urban area where people will get launched at a price of rupees 5.