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Somobyathi Scheme Guideline West Bengal
Whereas the State Government has been considering for sometime past for providing one time financial assistance to the bereaved family members of a deceased person, who are in extreme financial necessity to incur expenditure and other incidental expenses for performing the rites and rituals of the said deceased person at the time of cremation/ burial in the Cremation grounds /Burial grounds /Burning Ghats located within the State of West Bengal and under the administrative control of the Gram Panchayat, Panchayat Samities and Zilla Parishads and Municipal Corporations, Municipalities and Notified Area Authorities of the State.
And Whereas it has been felt necessary by the State Government to establish an institutional mechanism in the form of a “scheme” for providing the said one-time financial assistance to the bereaved family members, who are in extreme financial necessity, on humanitarian grounds, residing in the State of West Bengal, for the purpose mentioned above;
Now, therefore, after careful consideration, the Governor is pleased hereby to introduce a “scheme”, namely, “SOMOBYATHI” (hereinafter referred to as the “scheme”), for providing one-time ex-gratia grant which will be implemented as per following Guidelines.
Objective Somobyathi Scheme
To provide a one-time financial assistance of Rs. 2000/- in each such case, for the performance of the rites and rituals and to meet incidental expenses related to cremation/burial, to the next of kin/ nearest family members of the deceased person. Panchayat and Rural Development Department will act as the Nodal Department in Panchayat areas and Municipal Affairs Department will act as the Nodal Department in Urban areas of the State.
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