SANKARDEV NAGAR (Hojai): Minister for Environment and Forest, Fisheries and Excise, Parimal Suklabaidya distributed cheques to 31 beneficiaries under the Chief Minister's COVID-19 Widows' Support Scheme here on Saturday.
Giving away the cheques at a function held at DC's conference hall along with MLA Ramkrishna Ghosh, MLA Sibu Mishra, BJP, AGP, INC and AIUDF district party presidents, Deputy Commissioner, Superintendent of Police and other district officials, Minister Suklabaidya said more beneficiaries will be covered under this support scheme in the coming days.
Terming the scheme to extend financial support to the COVID-19 affected families as a great initiative of Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma, Suklabaidya said, "This is a unique and humanitarian scheme to support the COVID-19 affected families with a one-time grant of Rs.2.5 lakh. It reflects the visionary leadership quality and also how much the Chief Minister cares for every section of society."
As the 'Guardian Minister' of Hojai District, Minister Suklabaidya assured that in the event if someone's name did not figure in the current list of beneficiaries, the administration will take necessary steps to do the needful to get their names incorporated in the next list.
As a unique gesture, Minister Suklabaidya went down the stairs to hand over the cheque to Reboti Devi, who lost her husband due to COVID-19, as she could not walk to the venue located upstairs. The function was held in an organised way by conforming to all the COVID-19 protocols, stated a press release.