West Bengal government has announced to start Hasir Alo Free Electricity Scheme and Chai Sundari Housing Scheme. Under Hasir Alo Scheme, the state govt. will provide muft bijli (free electricity) on quarterly consumption of upto 75 units. Moreover, Chai Sundari Scheme aims to provide affordable housing to tea garden workers. These 2 schemes would benefit 38 lakh people with an outlay of 700 crore.
The state govt. of West Bengal has also announced to start 2 new pension schemes for senior citizens. The name of these schemes are Jai Johar and Taposili Bandhu Pension Schemes. All those left out ST and SC category people above 60 years of age who doesn't get pension from any agency would be covered. All of these elderly people would get Rs. 1,000 per month as pension. These 2 pension schemes to cover 5 lakh people with an outlay of Rs. 2500 crore.
These 4 schemes would be populist in the near future as all of these covers a large section of population.

WB Hasir Alo & Chai Sundari Scheme 2023

Below is the complete details of the Hasir Alo Scheme, Chai Sundari Scheme and other schemes announced in the West Bengal budget:- 
  • Hasir Alo Free Electricity Scheme - Hasir Alo Scheme has been launched to provide free electricity for consumers with quarterly consumption upto 75 units. The Hasir Alo Scheme 2023 would benefit nearly 35 lakh poor families with an allocation of Rs. 200 crore.
  • Chai Sundari Housing Scheme - Chai Sundari Scheme has been build to ensure availability of houses for all permanent tea garden workers. WB govt. allocates Rs. 500 crore for the Chai Sundari Scheme 2023 for tea garden workers. The affordable housing scheme is going to benefit around 3 lakh workers in 370 tea gardens in the state.
  • Jai Johar ST Pension Scheme - Scheduled Tribe (ST) community people above 60 years of age who are not getting pension from any agency would be covered under Jai Johar Scheme 2023. Over 1 lakh ST category people would be given Rs. 1,000 per month as pension.
  • Taposili Bandhu Prakalpa SC Pension Scheme - Scheduled Caste (SC) community people above 60 years of age who doesn't get pension from any agency would be covered under Taposili Bandhu Prakalpa Scheme 2023. Over 4 lakh SC category people would be given Rs. 1,000 per month as pension with an outlay of Rs. 2,500 crore. 
West Bengal state govt. is also going to open 3 more universities for which 50 crore has been allocated. The state govt. will setup of 100 new MSME parks across the state in the next 3 years to generate employment with an allocation of Rs. 200 crore. 

The WB govt. has proposed agricultural income tax waiver for tea gardens in the next 2 fiscal years i.e FY 2024 & 2025. Mahatma Gandhi, Jai Hind and Azad Civil Service Academy would be set up. WB Finance Minister said that in FY 2023-24, the central govt. has denied Rs. 89,000 crore to the West Bengal government.