Guardian Minister Pijush Hazarika Hands over Cheques to Widows in Biswanath
Biswanath district’s Guardian Minister and Assam government’s Minister of Water Resources, Information and public relations etc. Pijush Hazarika on Thursday handed over cheques to 9 widows who have lost their husbands due to COVID-19.
BISWANATH CHARIALI: Biswanath district's Guardian Minister and Assam government's Minister of Water Resources, Information and public relations etc. Pijush Hazarika on Thursday handed over cheques to 9 widows who have lost their husbands due to COVID-19. All the nine widows were handed over cheques of Rs. 2.5 lakh each as a one time financial assistance under the 'Chief Minister's COVID-19 Widows Support Scheme' at a programme held at Biswanath Chariali Circuit House.
Earlier on July 17, Hazarika had handed over cheques to 32 other widows. While addressing the gathering, the minister said that though the government cannot compensate the loss of a loved one, yet the onetime financial assistance would help mitigate financial hardships of the widows to an extent and help them lead a life of dignity.
Hazarika also thanked Assam's Chief Minister Dr. Himanta Biswa Sarma for always being a pioneer in envisioning welfare schemes. Those women whose husbands have died with COVID positive status are entitled for availing benefits under this scheme. However, the widow must be from low-income group and the annual income must be below Rs 5 lakh. The 'Chief Minister's Widow Support Scheme' followed the launch of 'Sishu Seva Scheme' where financial assistance are provided to children who have lost their parents due to COVID-19. Hazarika said that the collective and dedicated effort of the government and COVID warriors helped Assam become the State with lowest death rate in the country. "We mourn the death of each COVID patient. I wish we could save all, however I am also happy to say that due to our untiring efforts, Assam could be the State with lowest death rate in India". He also said that the government was continuing vaccination drive in full swing with the objective of vaccinating the whole population at the earliest so that in future even if third wave hits the state, there wouldn't be any death.
TEZPUR: Pijush Hazarika also distributed cheques to 14 beneficiaries at a brief function held at the Tezpur Circuit House. Also present in today's programme were Member of Parliament, Tezpur HPC, Pallab Lochan Das, Sootea MLA Padma Hazarika, Borsola MLA Ganesh Limboo, Tezpur MLA Prithiraj Rava and other senior officials of the district administration.