Guwahati, January 13, 2018: The Assam government seems to have been making a lot of headlines lately and all for the right reasons. On Friday, Sarbananda Sonowal distributed scooties to 1,000 girls who excelled in the state board class XII final examinations in 2017. CM Sonowal said it was a move made by his government to encourage women empowerment.
“Our government had made a promise in our budget last year that 1,000 top meritorious girl students of the Higher Secondary final examination of 2017 would be given a free scooty each. It is not just one step to encourage girls to aim for higher studies with better results, but also a move to accelerate the process of women empowerment in our state,” Sonowal said.
Speaking on the occasion, education minister Himanta Biswa Sarma said the free scooty scheme would make female students more confident and fearless. “The idea of giving free scooties in recognition to the merits of girl students is a small gesture that will however go a long way in empowering women by making the girls more confident and fearless,” Sarma said. The number of beneficiaries of the free scooty scheme would be increased to 5,000, Sarma announced.
The government would also take care of registration expenses and insurance of the scooties, Sarma announced. The government has incurred an expenditure of Rs 5 crore in the free scooty scheme, he added.
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TNT New with inputs from The Indian Express