Guwahati: To mark one month in office, Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma on Thursday handed over the cheques of financial assistance to a few beneficiaries who lost both their parents due to COVID under Chief Minister Sishu Seva Scheme.

Under the scheme an amount to the tune of Rs 7,81,200 would be parked in the bank as fixed deposit in the name of each beneficiary. A monthly financial assistance of Rs 3,500 which will be realised from the fixed deposit will be given to the beneficiaries till they attain 24 years of age. On completion of 24 years of age, the principal amount parked as fixed deposit against each beneficiary would be credited to their bank accounts.

Sarma had announced the scheme on May 29 on the occasion of the completion of 7 years of Modi government.

The Chief Minister described the day as a significant one because on the occasion of completion of one month in power, the present State government could render its helping hands to the beneficiaries who lost both their parents due to COVID. He also said that the scheme would help in enabling the beneficiaries to lead a life of dignity in spite of pecuniary hardship that fate might lead them to.

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Under the scheme, the state will give Rs 3500 per month per child including Central government support of Rs 2000.

For children below 10 years and adolescent girls with no guardian, State government will take steps to house such children in one of the child care institutions and provide adequate funding towards their upkeep including educational expenditure. Orphaned adolescent girls will be given accommodation in suitable and reputed institutions to ensure their sensitive care and proper protection. One such institution is Kasturba Gandhi Balika Vidyalaya residential schools.

Also, considering the marriage component of the scheme, state government will extend onetime financial package as marriage assistance. Government will give one tola of gold under Arundhati scheme and an amount of Rs 50,000 to each girl.

Further, for skill development and training, laptops or tablets will be provided to school or college going orphan for undergoing vocational training. All such students will be linked to skill-based education and provided skill training.

In another announcement, the Chief Minister said that for those women who have lost their husbands due to COVID-19, State would give Rs 2.5 lakh as onetime financial support from Chief Minister’s Relief Fund. Besides, the COVID induced widow will also be entitled to the benefits of Arunodoi scheme along with monthly widow pension under the ongoing Indira Miri Universal Widow Pension Scheme.

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