Assam CM gives FD certificates, laptops to children orphaned due to Kovid-19

Guwahati, Jun 10 (PTI) Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma on Thursday extended financial assistance to some children who lost their parents due to COVID-19.

Sarma told reporters that the Deputy Commissioners would make a list of such children in their respective districts for the implementation of the Shishu Seva Yojana. The Chief Minister provided assistance to 11 children before the start of the press conference here. Each child was given a certificate of fixed deposit (FD) of Rs 7,81,002, a laptop and a check of Rs 3,500 as financial assistance for the current month.

The press conference was organized to mark the completion of 30 days of Sarma’s government. For the education and skill development of every child orphaned due to Kovid-19, his guardian will be given Rs 3,500 as monthly interest of FD.

Sarma said that the fixed deposit is for 24 years and on completion of this period, the principal amount will be deposited in the account of these children. Children who do not have a guardian will be placed in residential schools or institutions and the state government will bear their expenses.

The Chief Minister announced that the government has also decided to provide one-time financial assistance of Rs 2.5 lakh to those women whose husbands have died due to COVID-19. These women will also be eligible for ‘Arunodoi’ (Sunrise) scheme and pension scheme. ‘Arunodoi’ is a scheme launched to empower women financially.

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