Financial aid extended to school van drivers of Sagolband in Imphal

A financial assistance of Rs 3,000 each was provided to 80 registered school van drivers of Sagolband AC.


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Extending support to the people whose livelihood have been affected by the pandemic, a financial assistance of Rs 3,000 each was provided to 80 registered school van driversunder Sagolband assembly constituency.

Distribution of the COVID-19 relief was carried out by Sagolband Constituency Progressive Committee (SCPC) under the leadership of local MLA, RK Imo.

Addressing the people during the programme, Imo said that the step was taken as a token gesture to help the van drivers who are financially affected due to prolonged curfew or lockdown imposed as a measure to combat the pandemic. Many people have lost their livelihoods during this period, as such it is imperative to take certain measures to help them.

Watch Video: The impact of COVID-19 pandemic on school van drivers in Manipur

The government has also come forward with various schemes for the COVID-19 affected families covering various sections of the society, including van drivers. However, being a responsible MLA of the assembly constituency, the initiative was taken up by himself, he added.

He further said that any registered school van drivers, who has not received the relief, may contact SCPC, MLA office and avail the facility after submitting the required documents.

The MLA recalled that COVID-19 relief consisting of Rs 20,000 was distributed to the family members of those who have lost their lives due to the pandemic second wave.

Also Read: Over 3,000 school van drivers left in lurch despite HC directive to provide assistance

Imo further stated that essential and edible items will be distributed for the month of August from Wednesday onwards to 8,500 members of the Women Wing of Sagolband Constituency Progressive Committee.

Sagolband has women voters of around 12,500, of which 8,500 women are registered with SCPC Women Wing. Edible items will be provided to them throughout the year even when curfew is relaxed, he added.

On July 31, 2021, the Imphal Free Press published a Video story of van drivers in Imphal valley whose lives have been severely impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Earlier too, on December 13, 2020, the IFP highlighted the plight of 3000 school van drivers in the state. Read - Over 3,000 school van drivers left in lurch despite HC directive to provide assistance

Watch Video: The impact of COVID-19 pandemic on school van drivers in Manipur

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First Published:Aug. 12, 2021, 11:24 a.m.

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