Social sector schemes changing the face of Assam

Guwahati, July 25 : The government of Assam has launched several schemes and projects for underprivileged people living in remote areas, including providing them with jobs and loans to start a business, or even to build their homes.

The state government in collaboration with centre has initiated the Indira Awaas Yojna scheme in (BPL) to build houses.

The Indira Awaas Yojna scheme is channeled through the Panchayati Raj and the Panchayati Raj Institutions (PRIs).

The selection of beneficiaries for Indira Awaas Yojna is done through the permanent IAY waitlist prepared from BPL lists and approved by the Gram Sabha.

In 2010-11, the Titabor Development Block spent Rs 2.76 crore to construct of 571 houses for BPL families in the region.

In the coming year, over 300 families are expected to benefit from the scheme.

"We do not face any disturbance from any militant group. The work is going on peacefully in the region, said Pratap Phukan, Block Development Officer, Titabor

"We are daily wage labourers. I am happy that I have got this house in the village. We are constructing it. Actually I never expected that I would get such an opportunity under the scheme," said Jonali Manki, beneficiary, Titabor.

The Indira Awaas Yojna is not the only scheme that has been implemented in the region. Other successful centrally funded programs in the Titabor district include are Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarentee Act, Sampoorna Gramin Rozgar Yojna, Swarnajayanti Gram Rozgar Yojna, Kalpataru and Indira Gandhi old Age Pension Scheme.