TINSUKIA: State Agriculture Minister and Guardian Minister of Tinsukia district, Atul Bora distributed cheques to widows of COVID deceased persons of Tinsukia district at the Manab Kalyan Bhavan, Tinsukia on Friday.
A total of 67 widows from across the Tinsukia district received the cheque of Rs 2.5 lakh each under 'Chief Minister's Covid-19 Widows Support Scheme' which was launched by Chief Minister Dr Himanta Biswa Sarma on July 11.Though 195 beneficiaries applied for the scheme, the administration selected 67 widows who fulfilled eligibility criteria while another 26 are being processed. The minister later told media persons that the government was fully prepared to face any situation arising out of COVID pandemic. He was worried during his last visit to Tinsukia when the positivity rate was very high, but presently the rate had declined to 1 per cent. Bora lauded Tinsukia district administration for this. The MLAs of Margherita and Tinsukia accompanied the minister.
Earlier, the minister visited Bichonimukh in Dholla under Sadiya constituency and inspected a successful lemon farm named as 'Seuji Pam' which was developed by four Assamese unemployed youths. Appreciating the young entrepreneurs who also cultivated Asomiya nemu, turmeric and Moran zinger, the minister said that this variety of lemon had been exported to London, adding that the youths must explore government schemes to achieve self-dependency.