GUWAHATI, Dec 20 - A total of 1,249 children from 25 districts of Assam who have been affected by violence have received assistance from the National Foundation for Communal Harmony (NFCH).
The NFCH, an autonomous organisation under the Union Ministry of Home Affairs, has spent Rs 9,29,77,300 as on December 10 this year.
The NFCH’s flagship scheme Project Assist provides financial assistance for care, education and training of children rendered orphan or destitute due to various communal, casteist, ethnic or terrorist violence.
According to NFCH, the number of beneficiaries in Assam constitutes about 10 per cent of the total number of children covered nationwide under the initiative.
Till today in Assam, 321 such children have come out of the scheme after attaining 25 years of age, while others are still on the live register as they are pursuing studies.
Under the initiative, 119 children in Baksa, 35 in Barpeta, 29 in Bongaigaon, 25 in Cachar, 46 in Chirang, 8 in Darrang, 47 in Dhubri, 45 each in Dibrugarh and Goalpara, 12 in Golaghat, 4 in Hailakandi, 8 in Jorhat, 35 in Kamrup, 39 in Kamrup (Metro), 28 in Karbi Anglong, 336 in Kokrajhar, 7 in Lakhimpur, 9 in Morigaon, 140 in Dima Hasao, 16 in Nagaon, 12 in Nalbari, 40 in Sivasagar, 32 in Sonitpur, 80 in Tinsukia and 52 in Udalguri district have received assistance.
Under the scheme, children from a victim family having yearly income of less than Rs 2 lakh and who are below 25 years of age and who do not receive any assistance on regular basis from any other source, are selected as beneficiaries.
Addressing the media here today, NFCH Secretary Manoj Pant said, “In Assam, Project Assist has shown a very good performance. We are going to take further steps under the scheme and also increase the financial assistance. Moreover, we are going to start career counselling of the victim children in a periodic manner in every district so that they can choose a right career in the right time.”
Pant urged business houses, and citizen with good financial condition to come forward to extend their helping hand to Project Assist.