The UT administration on Saturday decided to pay a special monthly pension of Rs 1,000 to the families who have lost their sole earning member to COVID-19.
It also decided to pay Rs 20,000 to 40,000 as special annual scholarship the children of such families who are studying upto 12th class, and higher education, respectively.
The Administrative Council (AC), which met here on Saturday under the chairmanship of Lieutenant Governor, Manoj Sinha, approved the grant of financial relief through the Special Assistance Scheme for COVID Moralities (SASCM/Saksham) to the families of COVID victims, an official statement here said.
The scheme aims to ensure sustenance of families who have lost their sole breadwinner. Under the new scheme Saksham, the surviving spouse, and one eldest surviving member of affected families will receive a special monthly pension of Rs. 1000 through direct bank transfer (DBT), provided that they are not otherwise receiving any pension under other schemes.
Additionally, the scheme will also provide special scholarships to children who lost their earning parent(s)/ sibling(s)/ guardian(s) to COVID. The special scholarship will be paid annually at the rate of Rs. 20,000 and Rs. 40,000 through DBT to children studying up to 12th standard, and higher education, respectively.
News Source: THE INDIAN EXPRESS