Assam’s cabinet decided on Wednesday to award a one-time grant of 1 Lakh rupees to close relatives of poor people who died due to Covid19 and who were not government employees or did not receive government pensions.
Statement by Pijush Hazarika
Cabinet minister Pijush Hazarika said, “Under Prarthana scheme, so far there are around 6,000 such beneficiaries (next of kin). The grant will be provided under this scheme. The amount will be handed over to beneficiaries on Gandhi Jayanti.”
The state launched two other programs
The state government has launched two other programs for children orphaned by the new coronavirus and women who have lost their husbands due to the pandemic. Every child who lost a parent received a fixed deposit certificate with a principal of Rs 7,81,200, of which a check of Rs 3,500 was the first monthly aid, which would last until they reached 24 years old. At the age of 24, each beneficiary’s principal deposited as a fixed deposit will be deposited into their bank account.
Government plans for young children and widows
Under the plan, for boys under the age of 10 and girls without guardians, the state government is taking steps to place these children in child care institutions and provide funds for their upbringing, including education costs. Women who have lost their husbands have received a one-time aid of Rs 2.5 lakh rupees from the CM relief fund and will also be entitled to the benefits of the Arunodoi plan and the monthly widow’s pension under the Indira Miri universal widow’s pension plan in progress.