The central government is planning to increase the monthly stipend of children who have lost parents due to corona from Rs 2,000 to Rs 4,000.A senior government official said on Tuesday that a proposal in this regard may be sent to the cabinet for approval in the next few weeks.
667 applications approved
The official said that the Ministry of Women and Child Development has proposed to increase the monthly stipend from Rs 2,000 to Rs 4,000.The government had announced in May that children who have lost their parents and guardians due to Corona will be given help under the 'PM-Cares for Children' scheme.According to the ministry's data, a total of 3,250 applications have been received under this scheme so far, out of which 667 applications have been approved by the concerned district magistrates.For this, applications have been received from 467 districts.
It may be noted that the Ministry of Women and Child Development (WCD) had requested the states and union territories to instruct the district magistrates to identify the children who have lost their parents due to the corona pandemic.
web portal launch
In a letter to chief secretaries of all states and union territories, Indevar Pandey, Secretary, Ministry of Women and Child Development had said that a web portal has been launched for submission of applications, identification of children eligible to receive assistance under the scheme.
Instructions to give details of such children
He said, 'I would request you to instruct the district magistrates of your state to identify the eligible children for getting assistance under the PM Cares scheme and give the details of the eligible children so that they can get immediate help.
The Ministry has set up a 'Help Desk' for this.The ministry official has asked the district magistrates to conduct a campaign to identify these children with the help of police, the District Child Protection Unit (DCPU), Childline (1098) and civil society organizations.