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Cheques distributed under AMFIRS in Kokrajhar

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HT Correspondent
KOKRAJHAR, Oct 30: Minister of Handloom and Textiles, Sericulture, Soil Conservation and Welfare of Bodoland department, Urkhao Gwra Brahma on Saturday, ceremonially handed over cheques to the eligible beneficiaries of Kokrajhar district in order to provide financial relief to the category-II beneficiaries who have not been able to repay the loan within 1-89 days. The programme was held at the auditorium of Kokrajhar Commerce College
On the occasion, the minister distributed 6 cheques among 204 beneficiaries in the district in the presence of Kokrajhar deputy commissioner, Varnali Deka.
The programme started with the lighting of a lamp by minister Urkhao Gwra Brahma followed by a welcome address by Kokrajhar DC Varnali Deka.
DC Deka said that the Assam Microfinance Incentive and Relief Scheme (AMFIRS), 2021 is an effort of the Assam government to provide incentives and relief to the borrowers of microfinance in the state.
She added that Assam was the first state in the country to take such an innovative step and adopt a specific scheme to provide financial relief to borrowers from microfinance institutions and to encourage them to pay back timely.
Minister Urkhao Gwra Brahma in his speech said, “Women have often taken loans from various financial institutions to improve their economic condition but have not been able to repay for many reasons like in the corona period, people who did small businesses or self-help groups could not do business, leaving them in debt.”
“Therefore, the Assam government had decided to provide them financial assistance to relieve them from debts. Because, if the financial condition of women improves, the financial condition of the family improves,” he added.
He also said that Assam is the first in the entire India to make such debt-ridden people debt-free.
Minister Brahma appealed to everyone that no person in the family should sit idle, keep doing something to survive, only then the family will become self-reliant.
He urged the beneficiaries to pay their installments on time so that their accounts remain functional and the credit culture is strengthened.
It may be stated that a total of 204 category-II eligible beneficiaries and cheques amounting to Rs 33,07,870 will be distributed in the district.
The programme was also attended by additional deputy commissioners and other officials of the district administration.

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