In response to a query within the Rajya Sabha, Women and Child (*28*) Minister Smriti Irani gave knowledge on the children orphaned during the second wave of COVID-19.
According to the information, a complete of 645 children lost their parents to Covid from April 2021 to May 28.
The highest variety of such children was reported from Uttar Pradesh at 158 adopted by Andhra Pradesh at 119, Maharashtra at 83 and Madhya Pradesh at 73.
The states and UTs have been collectively requested by the Ministry of Women and Child Development and the Department of School Education & Literacy (DoSEL), Ministry of Education to guarantee continuity of schooling of the children who’ve lost their parents within the COVID-19 pandemic, whereas accommodating them beneath the assorted schemes being run by Department of School Education and Literacy, Irani mentioned in a written reply.
She additional mentioned that the prime minister has introduced a scheme to assist the children who’ve lost each parents or surviving mother or father or authorized guardian 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 when he or she reaches 18 years of age. This corpus will be used to give a monthly financial support/ stipend form 18 years of age, for the next five years to take care of his or her personal requirements during the period of higher education and on reaching the age of 23 years, he or she will get the corpus amount as one lump-sum for personal and professional use,” Irani mentioned.