In a bid to provide relief to children who have lost their parents due to Covid-19, the Assam government on Saturday announced a scheme–Mukhyamantri Sishu Sewa Achoni.

Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma on Saturday said those children who have lost both their parents and are being looked after by their extended family members will be entitled to Rs 3,500 financial aid per month.

He said that children below the age of 10 years without any family support will be provided shelter at child care institutions.

They will have access to the required education facilities.

Adolescent girls who have been orphaned will be accommodated at reputed institutions like Kasturba Gandhi Balika Vidyalaya to ensure that they are cared for sensitively and provided proper protection, Sarma added.

In the case of girls of marriageable age who have lost their parents, the government of Assam will provide one tola of gold under the Arundhati Gold scheme and one-time financial assistance of Rs 50,000, he added.

The chief minister further said that all school/college-going children who have lost their parents, including those enrolled for vocational training, will be provided laptops/tablets for the purpose of their education.

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