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Our Prime Minister has released benefits under the PM Cares for children scheme that supports those who lost their parents during the Covid-19 pandemic.

  • Launched in May 2021.
  • The scheme has been launched to support and empowerment of Covid-affected children.
  • All children who have lost both parents or surviving parents or legal guardian/ adoptive parents due to Covid-19 will be supported under the scheme.
  • All children who have lost parents or surviving parents or legal guardian/adoptive parents due to Covid 19 will be supported under the scheme.

Features of the Scheme:

  • A corpus of Rs 10 lakh for each child. This corpus will be used to give a monthly stipend from 18 years of their age, for the next five years and upon reaching the age of 23 years, he or she will get the corpus amount for personal and professional use.
  • For children under 10 years, admission will be given in the nearest Kendriya Vidyalaya or in a private scholar as a day scholar.
  • For education between 11-18 years, the child will be given admission in any Central Govt residential school such as Sainik school, Navodaya Vidyalaya, etc.
  • The child will be assisted in obtaining an education loan for professional courses/ higher education in India as per the existing education loan norms.
  • All children will be enrolled as a beneficiary under Ayushman Bharat Scheme (PM-JAY) with a health insurance cover of 5 lakhs.

Need for these measures:

  • With the pandemic continuing, the cases of children losing their parents are also mounting.
  • Increase in child abuse during the pandemic.
  • Children are the future blocks of our country, hence, the future should be immuned with such schemes.

And we must remember,

'One can best understand as to how a society is... just by sensing... it's the attitude towards children.'

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