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PM Modi releases benefits under ‘PM CARES for Children’ to support kids who lost their parents to COVID-19

"I am talking to the children not as the PM, but as a member of your family," said PM Modi while announcing the benefits under the PM CARES for Children on May 29, 2021.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi released the benefits under the PM CARES for children scheme via video conferencing on Monday, May 30.

PM CARES for Children Scheme was launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on May 29, 2021, to support children who have lost both their parents or legal guardian or adoptive parents or surviving parents to the COVID-19 pandemic, during the period from March 11, 2020, to February 28, 2022. The benefits under the scheme have been released today (May 30, 2022).

Addressing the event virtually, PM Modi said, “I am talking to the children not as the PM, but as a member of your family. I am very relieved to be among children today. PM Cares for Children is a reflection of the fact that every countryman is with you with the utmost sensitivity.”

During the program, the Prime Minister headed over scholarships to school-going children who have lost both their parents or guardians to the coronavirus pandemic. Modi also gave a PM CARES for Children passbook as well as a health card under the Ayushman Bharat – Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana to the children.

“I know how difficult the situation is for people who have lost their family members during the Covid-19 pandemic. This program is for the children who lost their parents during the pandemic. PM CARES for Children Scheme is an attempt to such children,” said the Prime Minister during the event.

“No effort/support can replace the affection of your parents. In their absence, ‘Maa Bharti’ is with you. India is fulfiling this through PM Cares. This isn’t just a mere effort of one individual, institution or govt. In PM Cares, people have added their hard-earned money,” Modi added.

The Prime Minister announced that under the scheme if someone needs an education loan for professional courses or higher education, PM-CARES will be able to assist them. He stated that these children would receive Rs 4000 per month to enable them to meet their daily needs.

He added that when such children complete schooling they would require more money for future needs. Keeping this in mind, the scheme would offer youths from 18-23 years of age a stipend every month and when they are 23 years old, they will get Rs 10 lakhs, announced Modi.

PM Modi further said, “Children are also being given Ayushman Health Card through ‘PM Cares for Children’, from this free facility of treatment up to Rs 5 lakhs will also be available.” 

“PM Cares fund helped a lot in preparing hospitals, buying ventilators, and setting up oxygen plants during the pandemic. Because of this many lives could be saved. Those who left us untimely, today this fund is being used for their children, for the future of all of you,” Modi added.

According to a communique from the Prime Minister’s Office, the scheme’s primary objective is to provide children with long-term care and protection by providing them with boarding and lodging, empowering them through education and scholarships, and equipping them for self-sufficiency with the financial support of Rs 10 lakh when they reach the age of 23, as well as ensuring their wellbeing through health insurance.

Notably, the central government has also developed an online registration gateway for children. The portal is a single-window system that facilitates the approval procedure and all other assistance for children.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi had set up the PM CARES Fund on March 27, 2021, after the Coronavirus pandemic gripped the country and invited people to contribute to the Fund. Along expected lines, a section of left-liberal intellectuals had launched a campaign against it, alleging that the fund will be misused as it will not be audited by the CAG. Congress president Sonia Gandhi had demanded that the entire money collected in the fund should be transferred to the PM National Relief Fund. The tirade against the PM CARES Fund did not stop there and several conspiracy theories were floated. They had repeatedly questioned the decision to set up a new body when there was already a relief fund in the form of the Prime Minister’s National Relief Fund (PMNRF).

Many opposition friendly media houses like The Hindu and journalists had written lengthy articles and posts to insinuate that a scam was brewing in the PM CARES Fund and hence, PMO had refused to divulge details.

OpIndia has then written a detailed report about the Prime Minister’s National Relief Fund, in which it is clearly mentioned that PMNRF has the PM, deputy PM, finance minister, Congress president and a representative of the Tata Trust and industry representative chosen by FICCI, as members of the trust whereas PM Cares have up to 13 eminent experts to undertake relief or assistance of any kind relating to a public health emergency including the creation and up-gradation of healthcare facilities. Most importantly, the eminent experts will be working pro bono.

Ayodhra Ram Mandir special coverage by OpIndia

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