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Jammu, May 26: Lieutenant Governor (LG), Manoj Sinha Wednesday launched a special scheme “Special Assistance Scheme for COVID Mortalities (SASCM)” to provide financial assistance to families which have lost their lone bread earner due to COVID pandemic.

As per official communique issued, the scheme also referred as ‘सक्षम’, is the part of government’s endeavour to ensure necessary support to families in their moment of crisis.

For a comprehensive approach, the government has created a special cell in the Social Welfare department to identify and track support to these families over time, to ensure no one is left behind, said the communication.

“Under the scheme, cash assistance of Rs 1000 per month shall be provided to the spouse and the eldest member of the family.

“Apart from this, the scheme provides for a scholarship of Rs 20,000 per annum for school going students and Rs 40,000 per annum for college going students. A family in distress shall be eligible for scholarship for two children, if they are not getting any other scholarship,” the communication read.

It is said that the special cell in the Social Welfare department shall also explore further assistance under other existing schemes of the government for which the family may be eligible. An important element of support shall be financial assistance for self-employment for any of the surviving members who wishes to start any business for livelihood support.

The scheme announced today is in furtherance of the announcement of Lieutenant Governor regarding special assistance scheme for families which are in a state of distress due to COVID related death of their bread earner. The LG took the decision during a high level meeting on 11th of May. The assistance under the scheme shall commence next month. The launching of the scheme is an indication of the commitment of the government towards welfare of vulnerable segments of society in line with ‘Sabka Saath Sabka Vikas’.

“We have taken prompt and decisive action to support elderly, women and children. Our decision is about personal protection and mitigating vulnerability of families, which have lost their bread-earner by extending long-term assistance. The government’s aim is to take care of their day-to-day lives and ensure financial security,” the LG observed.

“Our commitment to support vulnerable families is long-term. Therefore, we are creating a special cell to track the welfare of affected families. The pension and scholarship is only part of our assistance. Other parts shall be extending all possible assistance through existing schemes and support for self employment. It is a comprehensive approach, aimed at overall support to empower these families,” the LG added.

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