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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 stated (File)

Guwahati:

Assam on Thursday launched welfare schemes for kids orphaned by Covid and people who have misplaced their spouses to the virus. Asserting the 2 main Covid welfare schemes, Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma stated he goals to inoculate your entire state by August 15 with a minimum of 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 medication amongst different issues.

Thursday marked the initiation of the Mukhya Mantri Sishu Seva Yojana below which 11 youngsters, orphaned attributable to Covid, acquired a monetary help of Rs 3,500 for this month and a hard and fast deposit of Rs 7,81,200 towards which, they’ll get Rs 3,500 each month from July until they’re 24 years outdated. They’ve additionally been given a laptop computer every.

“After the age of 24, they’ll get the principal quantity, too. Verification is happening and shortly different youngsters may also obtain the profit below the scheme that covers orphaned youngsters with household help and with out household help,” Mr Sarma stated after formally handing over the cheques in Guwahati.

Beneath the scheme, these widowed attributable to 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 the widow pension scheme – will probably be given each month.

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

“Of the full cash acquired, Rs 50 crore has been spent for procuring vaccines whereas the remainder was used for the 2 schemes,” he stated.

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

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

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 a minimum of the primary dose, the chief minister stated.

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

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

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