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PM-CARES for Children Scheme

  • 02 Jun 2021
  • 5 min read

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The government has announced a special “PM-CARES for Children” scheme for all those orphaned due to Covid-19.

  • Also, the Supreme Court has ordered the district authorities to upload the details of children in need of care and protection on NCPCR (National Commission for Protection of Child Rights) portal Bal Swaraj.

Key Points

  • About the ‘PM-CARES for Children’ Scheme:
    • Eligibility:
      • Children who have lost both parents or their lone surviving parent or their legal guardian or adoptive parent due to Covid-19.
        • There are a total 577 Covid-19 orphans identified across the country. Also, there has been a rise in cases of child trafficking.
    • Features of the Scheme:
      • Corpus of Rs. 10 Lakh:
        • A corpus of Rs. 10 lakh will be allocated to each of these children from the PM CARES fund.
        • This corpus will be used to give a monthly stipend from 18 years of their age, for the next five years 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.
      • Education to the Children:
        • The education expenses of younger children will be supported by way of admission to Kendriya Vidyalayas and private schools up to higher secondary level.
        • These children will also be supported during their higher education through either a scholarship equivalent to the tuition fees or educational loans where the interest on the loan will be paid by the PM-CARES fund.
      • Health Insurance:
        • All children will be enrolled as a beneficiary under Ayushman Bharat Scheme with a health insurance cover of Rs. 5 lakh.
        • The premium amount will be paid by PM-CARES till a child turns 18.

PM-CARES Fund

  • Bal Swaraj COVID-Care
    • The NCPCR has devised an online tracking portal “Bal Swaraj (COVID-Care)” for children in need of care and protection.
    • This has been created with a purpose for online tracking and digital real time monitoring mechanism of children who are in need of care and protection.

National Commission for Protection of Child Rights

Source: TH

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