Imphal: The Manipur Cabinet has approved the Chief Minister’s COVID-19 Affected Livelihood Support Scheme, which aims to provide direct transfer of Rs 5,000 in two equal instalments to every family whose livelihood has been impacted by the coronavirus pandemic.

The scheme was introduced by the Manipur government considering the economic dislocations due to COVID-19 which have severely affected the livelihood of a large percentage of the population leading to an inability to maintain a basic minimum standard of living.

Eligible occupations include street vendors, farmers, daily wage workers, construction site workers, public transport drivers, school van drivers, shop assistants, artists, weavers, performing artists and home-based businesses, among others. The scheme, which will run under the social welfare department, will provide benefit to only one beneficiary per family.

The Manipur Cabinet also approved the guidelines for the Chief Ministergi Angangi Tengbang (Chief Minister Bal Seva), which was announced earlier. The scheme will provide welfare measures for children whose parents have died due to COVID-19.

In order to focus on the skill development and entrepreneurship for unemployed youths, the Cabinet also gave its nod to restructure the labour and employment department and for amendment of the Business of the Government of Manipur (Allocation) Rules, 2009.

The Cabinet also accorded approval for rationalisation of recruitment in government departments.

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Meanwhile, the Cabinet resolved to engage one consultant in the directorate of relief and disaster management under the centrally sponsored scheme for strengthening the district disaster management authorities of hazard prone districts.

It also approved engagement of one senior consultant/DM professional and one data entry operator in the same directorate under the centrally sponsored scheme for implementation of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction. The Cabinet also approved creation of five posts of male nurses in the Manipur Central Jail in Sajiwa.

The Cabinet also approved to upgrade the state’s Forensic Science Laboratory into a full-fledged department.

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