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CM Pinarayi Vijayan inaugurates RP Foundation’s financial aid distribution

Ravi Pillai Foundation’s  Financial Aid Disbursement Programme: Inaugurated

by CM Pinarayi Vijayan
The inauguration of Ravi Pillai Foundation’s Financial aid programme, for those who suffered financial distress due to the Covid-19 pandemic, was inaugurated by the Chief Minister of Kerala, Pinarayi Vijayan.

The occasion was adorned by the presence of the Chairman of the Foundation as well as R.P. Group, Padmasree B. Ravi Pillai. The disbursement took place at the function held at Secretariat at 4:00 pm on August 17, 2021. Eight beneficiaries have received the
financial aid today as part of the disbursement The recipients of the financial aid were chosen by NORKA and R.P. Foundation. Two of the recipients were recommended by NORKA and six others were recommended by R.P. foundation.

The beneficiaries recommended by NORKA included Arya Mohan and Archana Madhusoodanan, heirs of emigrants who succumbed to Covid-19. Rs.1 lakh distributed to each.

Other beneficiaries are Rasiya P, Sumi, Sunitha, Anil, Syed Kunju, MJ Jose  The Financial Aid programme was set to disburse 15 crore rupees at the first stage. However, due to the flooding of applications from all over, the first disbursement has currently been increased to Rupees 17 crores. The aid will be provided to 15,000 beneficiaries in the month of August 2021 and the rest of the beneficiaries will receive their financial support by September 2021 and October 2021, respectively, as said by Dr. Ravi Pillai.
One of the beneficiaries, Rasiya P and her three daughters were submerged in misery and financial adversity due to the untimely death of her husband due to Covid-19. The plight of Sumi was even
worse as the family had lost three members; Sumi’s husband, his brother and father, due to COVID-19. The helplessness of the family even caught the eyes of the media, though only for a short span of
time.
Similar was the situation of Sunitha, her husband was taken away by COVID-19, even before they could fulfil the basic necessity of having a roof over their heads. Sunitha also has a dependent son who was also affected by COVID-19. Anil (21), one of the beneficiaries, who has muscular dystrophy and autism, also suffered Covid-19. Anil’s mother passed away long back. His family currently includes his brother Ajith and his critically ill father.

Sayyed Kunj, who went through a leg amputation 2 months before, has 3 daughters to take care of.
Without an option to get back to his normal daily life, he is faced with adversity and uncertainty as to how to take care of his children.
M.A. Jose has been trying to collect funds to treat his wife who has been suffering from a long-standing illness. The family had lost their house property, finding funds for her treatment. The needs
are still at large, as medicines per day for her treatment costs over Rupees 12,000. They are also submerged in debt of more than 10 lakhs with various banks.
The programme took shape in June 2020, with an aim to support the COVID-19 affected. The programme received more than 2.5 lakhs applications. The eligible applicants suggested by NORKA,

will be provided with an aggregate sum of Rupees 5 Crores. The fund shall be disbursed mainly towards the necessities of emigrants and their families. This can be availed by eligible beneficiaries who are still working abroad, as well as who have returned to India.The balance amount shall be utilised towards supporting the beneficiaries who were recommended by the MPs and MLAs. The hope is to help at least 40,000 families through this initiative. The
programme focuses to aid the needs of financially distressed women, families and children who have suffered, and are still suffering the Covid-19 aftermath. The programme will support various financial
needs such as medical requirements, bare necessities, and such.
The applications are being consolidated by a group of 200 individuals who are working 24*7 to select
the deserving applicants for the programme. In the last one and a half years, COVID-19 has wreaked
havoc worldwide, affecting every element of an economy. The battle against this pandemic is still
ongoing and we’ve lost our near and dear ones, not only in Kerala but the world of our expatriate
counterparts. This loss and suffering are what led Dr Ravi Pillai to initiate such a benevolent step of
starting the programme. He also hopes that there will come a better world soon, devoid of this
deadly pandemic and its effects. The financial aid is being disbursed with the help and support of
Dhanlaxmi Bank.

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