Rajasthan Government has introduced a scheme with focus on women empowerment. Women should be treated with respect and have equal opportunities. Bhamashah Yojana has focused on transparent and direct delivery of benefits to women. Hence, their approach towards making society as well as country better needs to be applauded.
Beginning of the Bhamashah Yojana
Vasundhara Raje, former Chief Minister of Rajasthan, envisaged a scheme in 2008 known as Bhamashah Yojana. This aimed mainly at financial inclusion of women. The scheme was named after a general during Maharana Pratap’s rule who was full of generosity and benevolence with the aim to introduce transparency in the delivery system of benefits provided under public welfare schemes. The Bhamashah Yojana is all about empowering women and equal opportunities for them, by providing money in their bank accounts directly.
Features of Bhamashah Yojana(2008 and 2014)
Some of the features provided with Bhamashah Yojana is really good and needs to be praised. It was first initiated in 2008 and gradually in 2014 some minor changes were made though nothing big a change happened. The features of both the years are mentioned below.
Bhamashah envisaged in 2008
Some of the characteristics of 2008 Bhamashah Yojana are as follows:
- Family wise multiple benefit smart cards.
- Biometrically secured bank accounts in the name of women.
- Incentive of Rs.1500 for opening of a bank account.
- Points of service within 3-5kms of residences.
Progress made during 2008 after the announcement of scheme
Some of the progress made by Bhamashah Yojana:
- Enrollment of 50 lakhs families were done with it.
- Bank accounts of 29.07 lakhs women were opened.
- Amount transferred Rs.161.49 Crs in 10.76 lakhs accounts.
Bhamashah envisaged in 2014
Features of Bhamashah Yojana 2014 are:
- Retain the essence of 2008 scheme
- family wise benefits
- Women empowerment
- Financial inclusion
- Use the platform for larger number of schemes including individual beneficiary schemes.
The whole information received for this Yojana is computerised and on the basis of this another scheme was implemented “Swavalamban”. All the individual benefit scheme is monitored and provided through computers.
Difference between Bhamashah and Aadhar
Bhamashah Yojana is different from Aadhar card in number of ways. To make things clear, a table is presented below so that a clear picture can be framed.
The above image represent the Bhamashah Card while the below image represents the Aadhar Card.
Difference Between Bhamashah Card and Aadhar:
Bhamashah Yojana provides a multi-purpose card to every family along with multiple benefits along with the card credited directly in the bank account.
Bhamashah provides inner power for change, work power and power of unity among individuals in order to make them independent, empower and capable.