Himanta dedicates Sishu Seva scheme

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Fixed deposit of over Rs 7 lakh to each Covid-19 orphan, financial support to Covid induced widows

HT Bureau

GUWAHATI, June 10: Synchronising with the completion of one month in office of the BJP-led government in the state, chief minister Himanta Biswa Sarma on Thursday dedicated Chief Minister’s Sishu Seva Scheme to the service of the beneficiaries and handed over the cheques of financial assistance to few beneficiaries who lost both their parents due to Covid.

A total of 11 students have been provided a fixed deposit policy of Rs 7 lakh, 81 thousand and two hundred, and also a laptop.

“Based on this fixed deposit, they will get Rs 3,500 monthly till they attain the age of 24,” Sarma said.

Sarma added that, on the expiry of the term of the value the principal amount of Rs 7.81 lakh will be deposited in the account of all the beneficiaries.

“Since all the applicants are with their extended family, therefore there is no question of sending these children to residential schools,” Sarma added.

Under the scheme an amount 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 announced the scheme on May 29 on the occasion of completion of 7 years of the Modi government in power and within 10 days of declaration, financial assistance was transferred to the individual beneficiaries.

The chief minister described the day as a very 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-19.

Sarma 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.

Under the scheme, the state government would 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, the 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.

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

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.

Moreover, in another announcement, the chief minister said that those women who have lost their husbands due to Covid, the state government would give Rs. 2.5 lakh as one-time financial support from Chief Minister’s Relief Fund. Besides, the Covid induced widow will also be entitled to the benefits of Orunodoi scheme along with monthly widow pension under the ongoing Indira Miri Universal Widow Pension Scheme.

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