With Prime Minister Narendra Modi announcing the ‘PM-CARES for Children’ scheme to support children orphaned due to the ongoing pandemic, states like Tripura, Karnataka and Uttar Pradesh too have come to the aid of such children.
Tripura Chief Minister Biplab Deb announced the launch of the ‘Mukhyamantri Balya Seva Parikalpana’ aimed at providing free education to children who lost their parents to the coronavirus. The children who don’t live in orphanages will also receive Rs 3,500 every month till they turn 18.
Tripura government will provide free education to the children who lose their parents due to COVID-19. Such children who don’t live in orphanages will be provided Rs 3,500 every month till the age of 18: Chief Minister Biplab Deb pic.twitter.com/KkKX0AxMfr— ANI (@ANI) May 29, 2021
The Chief Minister also announced, “After completion of Matriculation (class-10 board exam), the government would provide these children with either a laptop or a tablet to access the internet for their educational purpose.”
Extending help to girl-child, the state will furnish financial assistance of Rs 50,000 for expenses of their marriage, informed the Chief Minister.
Karnataka government to act as guardians
Karnataka Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa announced on Saturday that the state government under the Chief Minister Bala Seva Scheme will provide admission to children who lost both their parents to the pandemic in government-run schools and also the ones without guardians will be given free boarding and education in model residential schools.
To secure the future of children who lost their parents due to Covid-19, our Govt’s Bala Seva initiative will provide ₹3500 per month to guardians. Children without guardians will be provided free boarding & education in model residential schools. (1/2)— B.S. Yediyurappa (@BSYBJP) May 29, 2021
Guardians caring for such orphaned children will receive monthly cash assistance of Rs 3,500. Additionally, children who complete SSLC, will be given a laptop to support their higher education. Female students above the age of 21 will be given a grant of Rs 1 lakh for their personal and professional development.
For children who complete SSLC, a laptop will be provided to support their higher education. For female students above 21 yrs of age, a fund of ₹1 Lakh will be granted toward their personal and professional development. (2/2)— B.S. Yediyurappa (@BSYBJP) May 29, 2021
Uttar Pradesh announces a new scheme
Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Saturday announced that under the ‘Uttar Pradesh Mukhya Mantri Bal Seva Yojana’, the state government will work as guardian/caretaker for children who are orphaned due to the pandemic.
ऐसे बच्चे, जिन्होंने कोविड संक्रमण के कारण अपने माता-पिता अथवा यदि उनमें से एक ही जीवित थे तो उन्हें अथवा यदि दोनों माता-पिता नहीं हैं तो Legal Guardian को खो दिया हो और जो अनाथ हो गए हों, तो ऐसे बच्चों को ‘उत्तर प्रदेश मुख्यमंत्री बाल सेवा’ योजना के अंतर्गत शामिल किया गया है।— Yogi Adityanath Office (@myogioffice) May 29, 2021
Yogi Adityanath’s office announced that those children who have lost both of their parents or legal guardians due to the pandemic, then they will be included in the said yojana. Those children who have lost the sole breadwinner of the house will also be included in the yojana.
Bihar govt steps in
Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar also took to social media to announce aid to children who have lost both their parents of which at least one lost their lives to the pandemic.
He said that those under age of 18 will get Rs 1,500 per month.
वैसे बच्चे-बच्चियों जिनके माता पिता दोनो की मृत्यु हो गई, जिनमें कम से कम एक की मृत्यु कोरोना से हुई हो, उनको 'बाल सहायता योजना' अंतर्गत राज्य सरकार द्वारा 18 वर्ष होने तक 1500 रू0 प्रतिमाह दिया जाएगा। (1/2)— Nitish Kumar (@NitishKumar) May 30, 2021
He also said that those children who have nowhere to go will be taken care of at the children’s home run by the state government.
(2/2)जिन अनाथ बच्चे-बच्चियों के अभिभावक नहीं हैं, उनकी देखरेख बालगृह में की जाएगी। ऐसे अनाथ बच्चियों का कस्तूरबा गांधी बालिका आवासीय विद्यालय में प्राथमिकता पर नामांकण कराया जाएगा।— Nitish Kumar (@NitishKumar) May 30, 2021
Other states announcing aids
States like Madhya Pradesh, Gujarat Jammu & Kashmir and Delhi had already announced various schemes to support the children who lost their parents or the breadwinner to the deadly pandemic.