Assam Launches Welfare Schemes For Covid Orphans, Widows

Assam might obtain 3.5 lakh vaccine doses each day earlier than July 1 from Centre, Himanta Sarma stated (File)


Assam on Thursday launched welfare schemes for kids orphaned by Covid and those that have misplaced their spouses to the virus. Announcing the 2 main Covid welfare schemes, Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma stated he goals to inoculate the whole state by August 15 with at the very least the primary dose of the vaccine.

Mr Sarma, throughout a media interplay marking the completion of 1 month of his taking cost because the chief minister, spoke in regards to the state’s COVID-19 vaccination drive and combat in opposition to medication amongst different issues.

Thursday marked the initiation of the Mukhya Mantri Sishu Seva Yojana underneath which 11 youngsters who have been orphaned resulting from Covid, obtained a monetary help of Rs 3,500 for this month and a hard and fast deposit of Rs 7,81,200 in opposition to which, they are going to get Rs 3,500 month-to-month from subsequent month until they’re 24 years outdated. They have additionally been given a laptop computer every.

“After the age of 24, they are going to get the principal quantity too. Verification is happening and shortly the opposite youngsters will even obtain the profit underneath the scheme that covers these orphaned with household assist and with out household assist,” Mr Sarma stated after formally handing over the cheques in Guwahati.

Under the scheme, these widowed resulting from COVID-19, will probably be given a one time monetary help of Rs 2.5 lakh whereas Rs 1,130 — Rs 830 from Arunoday Scheme and Rs 300 from window pension scheme — will probably be given each month.

The Chief Minister’s Relief Fund has obtained Rs 118 crore in donation from corporates like Reliance and Tata, Mr Sarma stated.

“Of the whole cash obtained, Rs 50 crore has been spent to obtain vaccines whereas the remaining was used for the 2 schemes,” he stated.

The Chief Minister stated that each one the funds underneath the welfare schemes, each latest and present ones, will probably be despatched to the beneficiaries on the tenth of each month.

After the Centre stepped in to provide vaccines to the state governments from June 21, Assam has saved about Rs 650 crore that was earmarked for procuring vaccines, he additional stated.

Assam might obtain 3.5 lakh vaccine doses each day earlier than July 1 from Centre which can assist inoculate the state’s total inhabitants by August 15 with at the very least the primary dose, the chief minister stated.

“Currently, we’re focussing our vaccination extra on epicentres that are within the A-6 cities — Guwahati, Dibrugarh, Tinsukia, Tezpurz, Cachar and Nagaon — to comprise its contamination,” Mr Sarma stated.

On the continuing anti-drugs marketing campaign the place state police has cracked down on drug peddlers, Himanta Biswa Sarma stated Assam has within the final one month have recovered narcotics value round Rs 24 crores of which, heroin was value Rs 7.89 crore, marijuana was value Rs 6.1 crore, unprescribed medication have been value Rs 9.02 crore together with cough syrups, opium, and morphine.

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