GUWAHATI: In order to financially help the widows who had lost their husbands to COVID-19, Assam chief minister Dr Himanta Biswa Sarma on Sunday launched a special scheme at Srimanta Sankardeva Kalakshetra in Guwahati.
CM Sarma launched ‘Chief Minister’s Covid 19 Widow Support Scheme’ which provides one-time financial assistance of Rs 2.5 lakh each to all identified widows.
The chief minister handed over the cheques to 176 widows at the inaugural programme. The scheme will cover total 883 beneficiaries who had lost their husbands to COVID-19.
“Handed over 176 cheques today; remaining to be given by Guardian Ministers. We truly hope this support helps the affected families,” said Sarma in a series of tweets.
We’re giving one-time financial assistance of Rs 2.5 lakh each to all identified widows. Handed over 176 cheques today; remaining to be given by Guardian Ministers. We truly hope this support helps the affected families.
Working on budgetary provisions for other victims.
— Himanta Biswa Sarma (@himantabiswa) July 11, 2021
He also stated government’s plan of budgetary provisions for other victims of the pandemic.
Earlier, the Assam Government launched another welfare scheme for kids orphaned due to COVID-19.
At a programme held last month in Guwahati, each child was handed over a fixed deposit certificate of Rs 7,81,002, a laptop, and a cheque of Rs 3,500 as financial aid. The monthly interest of Rs 3,500 accrued from the fixed deposit is provided to the guardian of every child orphaned due to COVID-19 for education and skill development.
The fixed deposit is for 24 years and on completion of the term, the principal amount will be credited to the account of these children.
Written by Rinkumani Pathak