SILCHAR: Guardian Minister for Karimganj and Minister for Environment and Forest, Excise and Fisheries, Parimal Suklabaidya ceremonially handed over cheques for Rs 2.5 lakh each to the widows of six COVID victims of Karimganj and one beneficiary of Hailakandi district in presence of Karimganj Deputy Commissioner Mridul Jadav at a function organized by the Karimganj district administration, at the conference hall of the Deputy Commissioner's Office on Sunday.
Speaking on the occasion, Minister Suklabaidya 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 COVID-19 pandemic."
"This unique project has been launched only in Assam and this initiative was taken by our Chief Minister Dr Himanta Biswa Sarma to extend financial support to the widows who lost their husbands due to COVID-19," the Minister added.
"Our Government led by Dr Himanta Biswa Sarma has also fixed an amount of Rs.7.5 lakh for the children who have lost their parents due to COVID-19 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," he stated.
While elaborating on the plans and strategies of the present Government, Minister Suklabaidya said, "We have lost many loved ones since the outbreak of COVID-19 pandemic last year. When our present Chief Minister was the Minister of Health, he took this initiative to save the people from COVID-19 and was always trying to implement this scheme. Due to the efforts of the Chief Minister, this relief project has been undertaken to alleviate the sufferings of the families who lost their kin due to COVID-19 pandemic. In the second phase, money is being distributed in Karimganj district."