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Biren Cabinet approves scheme for Covid-19 affected families

The scheme aims to provide direct transfer of Rs. 5000 in two equal instalments (Rs. 2500 per instalment) to every identified family whose livelihood has been directly affected by COVID-19.

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Imphal: The State Cabinet Tuesday approved Chief Minister’s COVID-19 Affected Livelihood Support Scheme. The scheme aims to provide direct transfer of Rs. 5,000 in two equal instalments (Rs. 2500 per instalment) to every identified family whose livelihood has been directly affected by COVID-19. It was introduced by the Government considering economic dislocations which have severely affected the livelihood of a large percentage of the population leading to an inability to maintain a basic minimum standard of living.

Eligible occupations include street vendors, farmers, daily wage workers, construction site workers, public transport drivers, school van drivers, shop assistants, artisans, weavers, performing artists, home-based business, etc. The scheme, which will be run under the State Social Welfare Department, will avail benefit to only one beneficiary per family. The Cabinet also approved scheme guidelines for Chief Ministergi Angangi Tengbang (Chief Minister Bal Seva), which had already been announced earlier. The scheme will provide welfare measures for orphaned children due to COVID-19.

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In order to focus on skill development and entrepreneurship for unemployed youths, the State Cabinet has also given its nod to restructure the Labour and Employment Department and for Amendment of Business of the Government of Manipur (Allocation) Rules, 2009 accordingly. The Cabinet also accorded approval to rationalisation of recruitment in Government Departments.

The Cabinet also resolved to engage one Consultant in the Directorate of Relief and Disaster Management under the Centrally Sponsored Scheme for strengthening of District Disaster Management Authorities of hazard-prone districts. It also approved the engagement of one Senior Consultant/DM Professional and one Data Entry Operator in the same Directorate under the Centrally Sponsored Scheme for implementation of Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction. The State Cabinet also approved the creation of five posts of Male Nurse in Manipur Central Jail, Sajiwa. The Cabinet also approved to upgrade the Forensic Science Laboratory, Manipur into a full-fledged Department.

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