CM Biren Singh starts scheme to provide monetary assistance to COVID-affected people

Manipur chief minister N Biren Singh on August 22 initiated payment of COVID-19 relief worth a total Rs 1.56 crore to 6,276 applicants who were severely affected by the pandemic.

Out of the total 22,336 applications received, 7,943 were verified and of this the first instalment of Rs 2500 was being provided to 6,276 applicants on August 22. The first instalment payment will cost the state treasury Rs 1.56 crore.

CM Biren Singh said that the Chief Minister’s COVID-19 Affected Livelihood Support Scheme was introduced considering economic dislocations, which had severely affected the livelihood of a large percentage of the population leading to an inability to maintain a basic minimum standard of living.

He said that applications were invited for the scheme through proper survey at the district levels and added that a total of 22,336 applications had been received so far including 13,651 from street vendors, 4,890 from transport drivers, 3,680 from van drivers and 145 artists.

Out of the applications received, 7,943 had been verified and of this first instalment of Rs 2500 was distributed to 6,276 applicants on August 22 bearing a total amount of around Rs 1.56 crore.

The second instalment for the same would be disbursed within September this year, he added.

Addressing a gathering at the launch programme of the scheme held at the Chief Minister’s Secretariat, Biren Singh said an officer of the social welfare department would be deputed to Manipur State Co-operative Bank (MSCB) Ltd., located at Old Assembly Road, from whom loan related information can be taken.

Asking all to avail the scheme, he appealed to the public to be sincere and to abstain from making any false document to get the benefit while applying for any schemes or scholarships so that the benefit could reach the targeted and eligible beneficiaries.

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