Chief Executive Member of the North Cachar Hills Autonomous Council, Debolal Gorlosa distributed cheques of Rs 2.5 lakhs each to the widows of those who have succumbed to COVID -19. Distributed under the Chief Minister’s Covid-19 Widows’ Support Scheme, the cheques were given away in a function held at DC Conference Hall in Halflong. Among those present in the function included Haflong LAC MLA, Nandita Gorlosa, Deputy Commissioner Paul Barua, and Joint Director Health Services, Dr. Dipali Barman.
Two numbers of beneficiaries have been identified for financial support under this scheme in the Dima Hasao district whose husbands have died from COVID-19.
According to the norms of the scheme,
• The beneficiary should be a permanent resident of Assam,
• The beneficiary’s husband should be a COVID-19 positive patient at the time of death and certified by the State level COVID Death Audit Board and,
• Belongs to a low-income family having an annual income of up to 5 lakhs.
While beneficiaries of the Orunadoi and Widow Pension Scheme are also eligible to get the benefit of this scheme, widows of government servants will not be covered. Instead, they will get a family pension as per usual norms.
During the function, CEM Debolal Gorlosa interacted with the recipients and listened to their struggles. Garlosa also noted the delay faced by one of the beneficiaries in official matters and assured help in such cases in the future.