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Assam Launches Welfare Schemes For Covid Orphans, Widows

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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 mentioned (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 mentioned he goals to inoculate your complete 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 concerning the state’s COVID-19 vaccination drive and struggle in opposition to medication amongst different issues.

Thursday marked the initiation of the Mukhya Mantri Sishu Seva Yojana underneath which 11 kids, orphaned as a consequence of Covid, acquired a monetary help of Rs 3,500 for this month and a set deposit of Rs 7,81,200 in opposition to which, they are going to get Rs 3,500 each month from July until they’re 24 years outdated.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 are going to get the principal quantity, too. Verification is occurring and shortly different kids can even obtain the profit underneath the scheme that covers orphaned kids with household assist and with out household assist,” Mr Sarma mentioned after formally handing over the cheques in Guwahati.

Underneath the scheme, these widowed as a consequence of COVID-19, shall 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 – shall 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 mentioned.

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

The Chief Minister mentioned that every one the funds underneath the welfare schemes, each current and current ones, shall 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 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 no less than the primary dose, the chief minister mentioned.

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

On the continued 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 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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