Assam chief minister Himanta Biswa Sarma on June 10 announced a welfare scheme- “Sishu Seva” for children who lost their parents to the coronavirus. Under this scheme, children will receive a fixed deposit of ₹781,000 with a monthly interest of ₹3,500 till they attain the age of 24. The principal amount of ₹781,000 will be credited to the account of the beneficiary.
He took to Twitter and wrote, “We can’t bring back the ones we lost along the way, but our government will do everything possible to stand with those affected. We promise to take care of you during this difficult hour”.
He also announced one-time financial support of ₹2.5 lakh for every woman in the State who lost their husband due to COVID-19.
The state government had announced this scheme ten days ago on the completion of seven years of the NDA government led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
CM Himanta Biswa Sarma on June 10 even handed over financial assistance to some children.
“The children who were given financial assistance today have extended families and so they have been provided with the fixed deposit certificates which will provide a monthly interest for their education and skill development”, Sarma told the media.
“I am satisfied that within such a short time, we could implement it”, he said.
The deputy commissioners will identify and make a list of all such children in their respective districts for the implementation of the Shishu Seva Scheme (welfare scheme for children), Sarma added.