LG Launches SASCM To Help Families Who Lost Elders To Covid19

JAMMU: Lt Governor, Manoj Sinha launched a Special Scheme for financial assistance to families which have lost their only bread earner due to the Covid19 pandemic, as part of its endeavour to ensure necessary support to families in their moment of crisis, a spokesman of the Raj Bhawan said.

Family members mourn the death of their relative who was afflicted with Covid19. The photograph was clicked outside the cremation ground in Srinagar on May 25, 2021. KL Image: Bilal Bahadur

The J&K Government has adopted a comprehensive approach, by creating a Special Cell in Social Welfare Department to identify and track support to these families over time, in the spirit of leaving no one behind. Under the scheme, called Special Assistance Scheme for COVID Mortalities (SASCM), cash assistance of Rs 1000 per month shall be provided to the spouse and the eldest member of the family.

 Apart from this, the scheme provides for a scholarship of Rs 20,000 per annum for school going students and Rs 40,000 per annum for college-going students. A family in distress shall be eligible for a scholarship for two children if they are not getting any other scholarship. The assistance is not limited to the above. The Special Cell in Social Welfare Department shall also explore further assistance under other existing schemes of the government for which the family may be eligible. An important element of support shall be financial assistance for self-employment for any of the surviving member who wishes to start any business for livelihood support.

 The scheme announced today is in furtherance of the announcement of the Lieutenant Governor regarding a special assistance scheme for families which are in a state of distress due to COVID related death of their bread earner. The Lt Governor has taken the decision during a high-level meeting on the 11th of May. The assistance under the scheme shall commence next month. The launching of the scheme is an indication of the commitment of the Government of J&K towards the welfare of vulnerable segments of society in line with ‘Sabka Saath Sabka Vikas’.

“We have taken prompt and decisive action to support the elderly, women and children. Our decision is about personal protection and mitigating the vulnerability of families, which have lost their bread-earner by extending long-term assistance. The government’s aim is to take care of their day-to-day lives and ensure the financial security,” the Lt Governor observed.

Our commitment to supporting vulnerable families is long-term. Therefore we are creating a special cell to track the welfare of affected families. The pension and scholarship is only part of our assistance. The other parts shall be extending all possible assistance through existing schemes and support for self-employment. It is a comprehensive approach, aimed at overall support to empower these families,” the Lt Governor added.

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