A total of 645 children lost their parents to COVID-19 from April to May 28 this year during the second wave, the Ministry of Women and Child Development said on Thursday. In response to a question in the Rajya Sabha, Women and Child Development Minister Smriti Irani gave information about orphans during the second wave of Kovid-19. According to the data, from April 2021 to May 28, a total of 645 children lost their parents due to Kovid.
The highest number of such children was in Uttar Pradesh, where 158 children lost their parents. Then 119 children in Andhra Pradesh, 83 in Maharashtra, and 73 in Madhya Pradesh were affected. The Ministry of Women and Child Development and the Department of School Education and Literacy (DoSEL), Ministry of Education have jointly requested the States and UTs to ensure the continuity of education of children who have lost their lives to their parents in the COVID-19 pandemic. have lost. Irani said in a written reply while accommodating them under various schemes being run by the Department of School Education and Literacy.
He further said that the Prime Minister has announced a scheme to support children who have lost both parents or surviving parents or legal guardians or adoptive parents due to the pandemic.
“The scheme provides support for education and health and will create a corpus of Rs 10 lakh for each child on reaching the age of 18 years,” Irani said. This fund will be used to provide monthly financial assistance/stipend to the person who attains the age of 18 years, to take care of his personal needs during the period of higher education for the next five years and on reaching the age of 23 years, he or He will get the corpus amount as a lump sum amount for personal and commercial use.