Assam Launches Welfare Schemes For Covid Orphans, Widows

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


Assam on Thursday launched welfare schemes for kids orphaned by Covid and people who have misplaced their spouses to the virus. Announcing the 2 main Covid welfare schemes, Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma mentioned he goals to inoculate the whole state by August 15 with no less than 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 struggle towards medicine amongst different issues.

Thursday marked the initiation of the Mukhya Mantri Sishu Seva Yojana below which 11 kids, orphaned as a result of Covid, obtained a monetary help of Rs 3,500 for this month and a hard and fast deposit of Rs 7,81,200 towards which, they may get Rs 3,500 each month from July until they’re 24 years previous. They have additionally been given a laptop computer every.

“After the age of 24, they will get the principal amount, too. Verification is going on and soon other children will also receive the benefit under the scheme that covers orphaned children with family support and without family support,” Mr Sarma mentioned after formally handing over the cheques in Guwahati.

Under the scheme, these widowed as a result of COVID-19, can 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 the widow pension scheme – can 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 mentioned.

“Of the total money received, Rs 50 crore has been spent for procuring vaccines while the rest was used for the two schemes,” he mentioned.

The Chief Minister mentioned that every one the funds below the welfare schemes, each latest and present ones, can 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 earmarked for procuring vaccines, he additional mentioned.

Assam could 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 no less than the primary dose, the chief minister mentioned.

“Currently, we are focussing our vaccination more on epicentres which are in the A-6 cities – Guwahati, Dibrugarh, Tinsukia, Tezpurz, Cachar and Nagaon – to contain the contamination,” Mr Sarma mentioned.

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

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