Assam Current Affairs - 2020

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Assam Government to launch Arundhati Swarna Yojana

Assam Government has announced to launch ‘Arundhati Swarna Yojana’ on 1 January 2020.  Under this scheme, state government will give each beneficiary bride fixed amount to buy 10 grams (one tola)  of gold during her marriage if the marriage is registered. The scheme will cost around Rs 800 crore annually on the state government exchequer.

About Arundhati Swarna Yojana

Objective: It is aimed to strengthen women empowerment and reduce child marriage.

Features: Under this scheme, State government will not give the gold directly to beneficiary bride but will provide Rs. 30,000 to purchase 10 gms of gold. To avail this benefit, the eligible bride and bridegroom must apply for the scheme before the date of their wedding.

Eligibility Criteria of the scheme: (i) The annual income of the bride’s family must be less than Rs. 5 lakh. (ii) Minimum age should be 18 years and 21 years for the bride and bridegroom respectively. (iii) Bride should have minimum education of 10th standard. However, this requirement of minimum educational qualification criteria is not required for tribes and workers of tea gardens. (iv) Family has to register their marriage under the Special Marriage (Assam) Rules, 1954.

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Assam launches Sishu Suraksha App for child right violations

On the occasion of Children’s Day on 14 November 2019, the Assam State Commission for Protection of Child Rights (ASCPCR) launched a mobile app called ‘Sishu Suraksha’, an e-complaint box for child right violations. The ASCPCR decided to develop an e-complaint box, keeping in mind the mission of a Digital India.

About Sishu Suraksha App

Objective of App: To empower citizens to take moral responsibility of protecting future generations.

The name Sishu Suraksha means child protection in English. It will enable users from all over Assam to lodge complaints about violation of child rights, in swipe of their fingers.

The e-complaint box will run on android and iOS devices. The app can be used by anyone in the state to lodge a complaint which will be directly registered at Commission.

The app will ease the people as one of the major challenges is that most people are not aware of where to go and report a case of child rights violation.

Need: In monitoring visits to various districts in state, the Assam State Commision for Protection of Child Rights excercising the powers and functions mandated under the Commission for protection of Child Rights Act 2005 (CPCR Act, 2005) observed that the message of protection of rights of children is yet to reach the masses. ASPCR also reported that there has been a 55% increase in number of child trafficking cases in the state in 2019.

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