SILCHAR: Guardian Minister for Cachar and Urban Development Department & Housing, Ashok Singhal and MLA Lakhipur, Koushik Rai ceremonially handed over cheques for Rs 2.5 lakh each to 14 beneficiaries at a function organized by the Cachar District Administration at the conference hall of the Deputy Commissioner here on Saturday.
Speaking on the occasion, Minister Singhal said, "Chief Minister's COVID-19 Widows' Support Scheme is a great initiative taken by the State government which aimed at providing social and financial security to the women who lost their husbands in the coronavirus pandemic."
"This unique project has been launched only in Assam and this initiative was taken by Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma to extend financial support to the widows who lost their husbands due to coronavirus," the Minister added.
"Our Government led by Himanta Biswa Sarma has also fixed an amount of Rs 7.5 lakh for the children who have lost their parents due to COVID and from this fixed amount they can earn Rs 3,000 per month. This money will be used for the education of the orphans. The money will be returned to the orphans after 24 years," Singhal quipped.
CEO of the District Disaster Management Authority, JR Lalsim, said a total of 17 beneficiaries in the district would be given Rs 2.5 lakh each as one-time financial assistance.
She stated that three beneficiaries didn't turn up and a total of 14 numbers of beneficiaries were given financial assistance.
It may be mentioned that under Chief Minister's COVID-19 Widows' Support Scheme, one-time assistance of Rs 2.5 lakh each is given to such women whose family income is less than Rs 5 lakh, stated a release.