Guwahati: In a move to fuel growth through self-employment and self-sufficiency, Assam chief minister Himanta Biswa Sarma on Saturday launched CM’s Atmanirbhar Asom Abhijan 2023 at a function held in the city. Sarma also launched a registration portal on the occasion. Under the scheme, financial aid will be given to two lakh youth for creating a robust entrepreneurial ecosystem. This scheme aims at facilitating self-employment among educated youth, creating entrepreneur-oriented ecosystem in the State, generate employment via new ventures, financial assistance to individuals to set up or expand existing enterprises, increase focus on rural economy, and increase the seed capital amount through bank linkages where feasible.
Speaking on the occasion, Sarma said that the scheme has been designed to create self-employment avenues in Assam to enable the youth to fuel development. He also added that the scheme has the potential to strengthen the rural economy as well. The unemployed degree holders in engineering, medical, agriculture, animal husbandry, fishery etc will be kept in the first category and will be given Rs five lakh, he stated, adding that the beneficiaries will have to return only Rs 2.5 lakh without any interest.
On the other hand, unemployed postgraduates, general graduates, ITI, polytechnic pass-outs will be kept in the second category for government assistance of Rs two lakh. Here Rs one lakh will be government subsidy and remaining amount will have to be paid back by the beneficiary without any interest. Under the scheme, targeted sectors will be agriculture & horticulture, stationery, poultry, dairy, goat farming, piggery, fisheries, packaging, readymade garments, fabrication, plantation (bamboo, rubber, agar etc), wood-based industries etc.