Dehradun: The Uttarakhand cabinet on Wednesday approved the Vatsalya scheme for social security of children who have lost their parents or guardians due to COVID-19, in which they will be given Rs 3000 per month apart from other assistance till the age of 21 years. After the cabinet meeting chaired by Chief Minister Tirath Singh Rawat, the state’s cabinet minister and official spokesperson Subodh Uniyal said that in the Vatsalya scheme, if the parent or earning member or guardian of the family dies of Kovid, that child will be given education, rehabilitation. Legal protection will be given for health, food security, social security and security of share in ancestral property.
Subodh Uniyal said that apart from giving 3000 rupees per month till the age of 21 years, free ration and education assistance would also be provided to such children. This scheme will be effective from March 2020 to March 2022. Uniyal said that apart from this, the cabinet has decided to give Rs 28.99 crore to compensate the tourism businessmen due to the ill-effects of Kovid. Under this, financial assistance of 5000 thousand will be given to individual beneficiaries for two months at the rate of 2500 rupees per month. 10 thousand per firm will be given to 352 tour operators.
10 thousand per firm will be given to 303 registered adventure tour operators, whereas in the Veer Chandra Singh Garhwali scheme, interest will be reimbursed on the loan taken from April 1 to September 30 under the Home Stay scheme. Registered 631 rafting guides will be given 10 thousand rupees per guide. Apart from this, they will be given exemption in license renewal.
100 crore construction work in Badrinath Dham
In another decision, approval has been given to implement Mukhyamantri Swarozgar Yojana Ati Micro (Nano Enterprises) under which twenty thousand small businessmen like sewing, weaving, tea, fruit sellers who have been affected by the lockdown will be benefitted. He said that an expenditure of Rs 10 crore will come under this scheme, out of which Rs 5 crore will be borne by the voluntary organization Hans Foundation.
In view of the requirement of land for administrative building, command control building etc. under Kedarnath Reconstruction Master Plan, the cabinet gave permission for demolition of eight old buildings of Garhwal Mandal Vikas Nigam. It has also given its approval to make webcast as the executing agency for the flood control works to be done at a cost of Rs 100 crore in Badrinath.