The Jammu and Kashmir Administrative Council headed by Lt Governor Manoj Sinha on Saturday approved financial relief through the Special Assistance Scheme for Covid Mortalities (SASCM/Saksham) for families of victims, an official spokesman said.
DRDO’s 500-bed hospital opens in Jammu
A 500-bed Covid-19 hospital built by the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) was on Saturday inaugurated in Jammu by Lt Governor Manoj Sinha. Of the total 500 beds at the centre, located in Bhagwati Nagar, 125 will be ICU beds, while the others will have 24-hour oxygen facility. The hospital will be equipped with ventilators, monitors, in-house pharmacy, diagnostic facility, X-Ray and CT scan machines. “I must congratulate and appreciate DRDO Chairman G Satheesh Reddy and his team for working round the clock to set up this medical facility in a record time,” Sinha said. The hospital is expected to become fully operational in three-four days. PTI
The scheme aims to ensure sustenance of families that have lost their sole breadwinners to Covid. At a meeting chaired by Sinha here, the council also approved the creation of a special cell in the Social Welfare Department for handholding the families of Covid victims and facilitating the extension of benefits under different government schemes.
Under ‘Saksham’, the surviving spouse and one eldest surviving member of affected families would receive a special monthly pension of Rs 1,000 through direct bank transfer (DBT), provided they are not receiving pension under other schemes, the spokesman said. Additionally, he said the scheme would also provide special scholarships to children who have lost their earning parent(s) /sibling(s) /guardian(s) to Covid-19.
He said Jammu and Kashmir was the first Union Territory to provide relief to Covid-affected families.