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The Assam government on Sunday launched a scheme entailing a one-time financial assistance of Rs. 2.5 lakh to women who lost their husbands to COVID-19 since March-April 2020.

The Chief Minister’s COVID-19 Widows Support Scheme is for women from low-income families with a total annual income of up to Rs. 5 lakh.

“Our government, in its bid to provide a little support at this testing time, has decided to assuage the sufferings of the family members of the deceased with financial support,” Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma said.

He added that the scheme had been launched to help the beneficiaries lead a life of dignity.

Launching the scheme, he handed over a cheque of Rs. 2.5 lakh each to 176 beneficiaries belonging to eight districts. Officials said 883 women were eligible for the scheme so far. The cheques of the remaining beneficiaries would be handed over by the guardian Ministers, each in charge of a few districts.

“We have already launched the Sishu Seva Scheme to secure the academic future of the children who have lost both their parents to COVID-19,” Dr. Sarma said.

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