Himachal Pradesh cabinet on 16 February 2023 approved the guidelines for the ambitious Rs. 101-crore mukhyamantri sukh ashray yojana. Orphans and those staying with their relatives, specially abled children, destitute women and senior citizens would come under the ambit of CM Sukh Ashray Scheme. In this article, we will tell you about the complete details of Mukhya Mantri Sukh-Ashray Yojana.
HP Mukhyamantri Sukh Ashray Yojana 2023
In the second cabinet meeting chaired by CM Sukhvinder Singh Sukhu, it was decided that the orphan children (children of the state) will be adopted by the HP government. The cabinet has decided to revamp the existing shelter homes, orphanages and old-age facilities under the Mukhyamantri Sukh Ashray Yojana HP scheme.
What does Mukhyamantri Sukh Ashray Yojana Offer
The Mukhyamantri Sukh Ashray Yojana programme entails provision of
- Common rooms,
- Smart classes and coaching rooms,
- Indoor and outdoor sports facilities,
- Music room,
- Attached washrooms
- Other modern amenities
These facilities would be given for the inmates of the integrated complexes which will be constructed in a phased manner for destitute women, senior citizens and orphans. These modern integrated complexes will be set up at Jwalamukhi in Kangra district and Sundernagar in Mandi district.
Selected eminent citizens from the society will serve as mentors and provide counselling to the children from time to time. Expert career counselling empanelled agencies will also cater to the needs of the children of classes 10 to 12. Due care will be taken for the personality development of such children by organising study tours, outdoor activities, and picnics.
Mukhyamantri Sukh Ashray Yojana Benefits
In Mukhyamantri Sukh Ashray Yojana, eligible inmates of such shelter homes or orphanages who are above 18 years of age will be provided Rs. 1 lakh each per year for coaching, hostel and tuition fee. Also, provision has been made to provide stipend of Rs. 4,000 per resident per month during the period of coaching. The actual expenditure or Rs. 2 lakh, whichever is less, would be provided for the marriages of the inmates of such shelter homes.
A recurring deposit account will be opened for every child and destitute woman living in these ashrams. The government will also provide assistance of Rs. 1,000 per month per child aged between 0-14 years, Rs. 2,500 per month per child aged between 15-18 years. Single women will be entitled to the similar benefit as well.
There will also be a provision to organise a 15-day educational tour every year besides boarding and lodging in hotels with not less than 3 star rating. On the same lines, a provision has been made for such tours for the residents of old age homes and Nari Seva Sadan for 10 days every year. Under the Mukhyamantri Sukh Ashray Yojana, Rs. 4,000 per child per month will be given as a scholarship to those children who have left the child care homes after attaining 18 years of age to meet their personal expenses during the study period.
This assistance would be provided till they attain the age of 21 years. This aid will be provided to the orphans up to the age of 27. One-time financial assistance of Rs. 2 lakh per person will be provided to eligible inmates after completing 18 years of age and wishing to launch or invest in startups. The cabinet decided that the orphan children after attaining the age of 18 years will be provided boarding and lodging in after-care institutions till they attain 27 years of age. Three biswas of land in rural areas, as well as the assistance of Rs. 3 lakh, will be provided to the landless orphans after they attain the age of 27 for the construction of their house.