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Assam CM announces financial assistance of Rs 2.5 lakh for Covid widows

Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma on Thursday announced one-time financial assistance of Rs 2.5 lakh for every woman in the state who has lost her husband to Covid-19. CM Sarma said that this financial assistance will be provided from the Chief Minister’s Relief Fund.

“Covid widows will also be entitled to the benefits of the Orunodoi scheme and they will receive monthly widow pension under the ongoing Indira Miri Universal Widow Pension Scheme,” Himanta Biswa Sarma stated.

On the occasion of completion of one month in office, the chief minister handed over cheques of financial assistance to a few beneficiaries under the Chief Minister Sishu Seva Scheme. This scheme is for children who lost both their parents to Covid.

Under the scheme, an amount of Rs 7,81,200 will be parked in the bank as fixed deposit in the name of each beneficiary. Monthly financial assistance of Rs 3,500 from the fixed deposit will be given to each beneficiary until the age of 24 years. When they turn 24, the principal amount parked as fixed deposit against the beneficiary’s name will be credited to their bank account.

The Assam Chief Minister had announced this scheme on May 29 on the occasion of completion of 7 years of the Modi government.

“The scheme will help beneficiaries to lead a life of dignity in spite of pecuniary hardship that fate might lead them to. Under the scheme, the state government will give Rs 3,500 per month per child including the central government’s support of Rs 2,000. For children below 10 years and adolescent girls with no guardian, the state government will take steps to house them in child care institutions and provide adequate funding towards their upkeep including educational expenditure. Orphaned adolescent girls will be given accommodation in suitable and reputed institutions to ensure their sensitive care and proper protection,” Sarma said.

In addition, the Assam government will extend a one-time financial package as marriage assistance to the girls. They will be given Rs 50,000 and one tola of gold under the Arundhati scheme.

For skill development and training, laptops or tablets will be provided to school and college-going orphans. All such students will be provided skill training.

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