Modi releases PM CARES benefits for ‘COVID orphans’

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Modi releases PM CARES benefits for ‘COVID orphans’

  • PM launched a series of welfare measures for children who have lost their parents or guardians to Covid, including financial assistance of Rs 10 lakh, a dedicated helpline, and health cover of Rs 5 lakh through Ayushman cards.

PM CARES for children initiative

  • Benefits Ensured:
    • The Rs 10 lakh assistance will be in the form of investment.
      • The returns given to beneficiaries in form of a monthly stipend between the ages of 18 and 23.
      • The entire amount is handed over when they attain the age of 23.
    • Annual scholarship of Rs 20,000 for school students and monthly financial support of Rs 4,000 for daily needs.
    • Can avail loans for higher education and professional courses.
  • Eligibility: Children who lost to Covid between March 11, 2020 and February 28, 2022:
    • Both their parents,
    • Only surviving parent,
    • Legal guardian or adoptive parents
  • Single window clearance: through portal
    • Data available on the portal show that 9,042 applications have been received under the programme with 4,345 of them already approved.

COVID and Children:

According to the Ministry of Women and Child Development, 1,53,827 children in India are affected due to COVID.

Significance of the Scheme:

  • Ensure uninterrupted education of the children and their admissions in government or private schools near their homes.
    • Expenses will be borne through PM CARES
  • Ensure availability of emotional support and mental guidance to the victims.
    • A special ‘Samvad’ service has also been started for this. On the ‘Samvad Helpline’, children can consult, discuss with experts on psychological matters
  • Ensure Health support through Ayushman cards.

Prelims Takeaway:

  • PM CARES scheme for COVID Orphans
  • PM CARES Fund
  • Samvad Scheme