Government announces portal to register children orphaned by COVID-19

Details of any child orphaned due to COVID-19 can be shared with the government via a web portal and the child will have a claim to benefits under the PM CARES scheme. www.pmcaresforchildren.in is the website through which details can be uploaded.

 

Highlights

  • On July 15, 2021, the government has introduced this portal for all the States and Union Territories of the country.
  • Through this portal any citizen can inform the administration regarding the children who are eligible for receiving support under this scheme.
  • In the month of May the Prime Minister had approved a scheme under the PM CARES fund for all those children who have lost both or lone surviving parent or an adoptive parent or a legal guardian due to COVID-19 disease.
  • Under this scheme a corpus of Rs 10 lakh to each child will be provided when he or she turns 18 years old.
  • A monthly stipend will be provided to the child from the age of 18 for the next five years to help them with their higher education.
  • When the child attains the age of 23, they will receive the lump sum corpus amount at one go.
  • Under the Ayushman Bharat Scheme the government of India will also help with their school education and provide those children with a health insurance cover of Rs 5 lakh.

 

According to official data, between 1st April, 2021 and 28 May, 2021 a total of 645 children were orphaned due to COVID-19. According to the National Commission for Protection of Child Rights, from the date 1st April, 2020 to 5th June, 2021, 3621 children were orphaned due to COVID-19 and at least 26,176 had lost a single parent because of this COVID-19 pandemic.

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