Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal launched two schemes- ‘Pragyan Bharati’ and ‘Bhasha Gourab’ schemes to provide monetary assistance to college students and literary bodies of the state on 1st February’21.
3,26,046 college students were given Rs 1,500 each for purchasing textbooks, under Pragyan Bharati scheme. A total of Rs 161 crore was reimbursed for the free admission of 4 lakh eligible students.
Under the Bhasha Gourab scheme, the state government provided 21 Sahitya Sabhas with a total of Rs 43 crore as a contribution towards their corpus funds. Under this scheme, 600 authors have been provided with an amount of Rs 50,000 each to help in their literary activities.
Dr. Himanta Biswa Sarma stated the state government has thought of providing pocket money to college students in the near future along with providing money to them for procuring textbooks.