Assam Govt to provide Rs 3,500 per month to COVID-19 orphans


GUWAHATI: The Assam government will provide Rs 3,500 per month to children who lose their parents to COVID-19, said chief minister Dr Himanta Biswa Sarma on Saturday.

Addressing a press meet at Assam Administrative Staff College in Guwahati, Dr Sarma said, “We have not differentiated anything among APL, BPL or government servants. It is a scheme for everybody.”

“If the sole bread-earner of the family dies, we will provide Rs 3,500 per month to their family. It will be provided till they attain the level of employment,” Sarma said while announcing Mukhyamantri Sishu Sewa Achoni for the children orphaned by COVID-19.

The chief minister said the orphans who have no immediate relative or place to live in, they will be shifted to hostels for their education. Such children will not get Rs 3,500.

“If the child is a girl, then the government would give one ‘tola’ of gold and Rs 50 thousand at her age of marriage. In addition to Rs 3,500 or hostel education, every such child will get a laptop,” CM Sarma announced.