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Govt. Portal for Children Orphaned by COVID-19

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  • July 23, 2021
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Govt. Portal for Children Orphaned by COVID-19

Part of: GS Prelims and GS – II – Policies and interventions

In news The government has introduced a portal to all the States and Union Territories for children orphaned by COVID-19

  • Any citizen can inform the administration regarding a child eligible for support under this scheme through the portal

About PM-CARES for Children

  • The Central government has announced the “PM-CARES for Children” scheme for all those children orphaned due to Covid-19.

What are the 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.
    • It will provide a monthly stipend from 18 years of age. 
    • On attaining 23 years, he/she will get the corpus amount.
  • Education to the Children (under 10 years):
    • Ensure admission to Kendriya Vidyalayas/ private schools.
    • PM CARES will pay for the uniform textbooks and notebooks
    • If the child is admitted in a private school the fees as per the RTE norms will be provided
  • Education to the Children (11-18 years):
    • The child will be given admission in any Central Government Residential School
    • In case the child is to be continued under the care of guardian, he/she will be given admission in the nearest Kendriya Vidyalaya/private school
  • Higher education:
    • Provision of either a scholarship equivalent to the tuition fees/ educational loans. 
    • 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 
    • The premium amount will be paid by PM-CARES till a child turns 18.

News Source: TH

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