AC Okays Saksham Scheme For Corona Hit Families

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LG Manoj Sinha chairs Administrative Council meeting

Monthly Pension, Student Scholarship For Victims Families

Jammu: The Jammu and Kashmir administration on Saturday approved financial assistance to the families who lost their only earning members to coronavirus pandemic.

The decision of granting financial relief to the affected families was taken by the Administrative Council (AC), which met here under the chairmanship of Lieutenant Governor, Manoj Sinha, an official spokesperson said. Under the new scheme Saksham, he said, 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.

Divulging more details of the scheme that makes J&K the first union territory to provide relief to Covid affected families; the official spokesperson said that 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.

He further said that the AC also approved the creation of a special cell in the Social Welfare Department for handholding the families of COVID victims and facilitating the extension of benefits under different Government schemes including financial assistance for self-employment.

“The said cell will consist of Director General, Women & Child Development, Director, Social Welfare Kashmir/ Jammu, Mission Director, ICPS, and representative of the Finance Department,” he added.

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