Need to increase quota under CM CARE: Ampareen

Suspended Congress legislator Dr. M. Ampareen Lyngdoh on Monday said there is a need to increase quota under the CM CAREs, the financial benefit of erstwhile Chief Minister’s Social Assistance Scheme which financially helps senior citizens, single mothers and people with disabilities.

Stating that it’s a wonderful scheme, Dr. Lyngdoh said, many applications are either unattended or unprocessed; there is a need to evaluate it.

“The million dollar question we need to address in 2023 if I reach any position in any Government that likely take over governance in 2023, the first thing we need to do is increase the quota , because the quota of that scheme is very limited  and applications remain unattended and unprocessed,” Dr. Ampareen said.

“ So we need to evaluate how many such applications have reached the social welfare department, how many are already in the lists and how many are still waiting in line,” she added.

Stating that it’s not like targeting five thousand, eight thousand or ten thousand people, she said, “Its whether or not we have done justice to this wonderful scheme that seems to be very popular across the state of Meghalaya. This is something that will be left pending until the next Government takes possession in 2023.”

Meghalaya Chief Minister Conrad Sangma on Monday launched CM CAREs (Comfort, Assist, Respect, Empowerment) scheme to financially help senior citizens, single mothers and people with disabilities.

The Chief Minister announced the enhancement of honorarium to the AWW by Rs 1500, Mini AWW by Rs 750 and Helper by Rs 500 per month with effect from 1st October 2022.

He also launched the CM CARE erstwhile Chief Minister’s Social Assistance Scheme for Infirm, Single Mother & PWDs has been renamed as CM CARE (Comfort, Assist, Respect, Empowerment). Under CM CARE the financial benefit which was Rs 500 per month is now Rs 750 w.e.f 1st October 2022.

Calling it an important announcement, the East Shillong legislator said, “All these while we were giving them Rs 500 from the previous Government that were there, we are very grateful to honourable CM for atleast increasing the amount per beneficiary to Rs 750 which is Rs 9000 per year.”

Altogether 65,777 senior citizens, 36,222 single mothers and 14,227 PWDs are the present beneficiaries of CM CAREs in Meghalaya.