West Bengal Chief Minister and Trinamool Congress supremo Mamata Banerjee on Thursday announced that Lakshmir Bhandar, a scheme she promised to Bengali women ahead of the assembly elections, would begin on September 1.
She added that her declaration marks the official commencement of one of the largest direct benefit transfer schemes of the state.
"We had promised the Lakshmir Bhandar scheme ahead of the elections. The beneficiaries will start getting money under the scheme from September 1," she said after a Cabinet meeting.
According to reports, the state administration estimates that 1.6 crore people will benefit from the initiative and the same amount would be spent on the project every year.
Women between the ages of 25 and 60 from general caste families would receive Rs 500 per month, while women from the SC and ST families would receive Rs 1,000 per month under the scheme. Only working women in permanent positions and retirees would be excluded.
Through Duare Sarkar camps, which will begin on August 16 and will run it until September 15, all suitable recipients under the Lakshmir Bhandar plan can enrol themselves.