Rajasthan government to provide financial relief packages for orphaned children

The government of Rajasthan acknowledges the tough times that are ahead for children who have lost their parents to coronavirus. It is estimated that 30,071 children were orphaned, lost a parent, or abandoned majorly due to the COVID-19 pandemic, as per data submitted by different states as of June 5, the National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR) informed the Supreme Court. In Rajasthan alone, 2,483 children have been orphaned or lost a parent due to the virus.

The package, which was announced by Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot, provides financial relief packages for these children. Under the same package, women who lost their husbands due to the coronavirus will receive ex-gratia of ₹1,00,000 and a pension of ₹1500 per month according to an official statement.

As for the children of the widows, the parent will receive ₹1,000 per month and ₹2,500 per month will be provided as assistance to the children until the age of 18 and ₹5 lakh as assistance when the child turns 18. In addition to the assistance in terms of money, higher secondary education will be free for the child. This also includes other benefits proposed under the Mukhyamantri Corona Bal Kalyan Yojna.

An act is being placed for providing for an extensive procedure for children who have lost family support or are in need of assistance. It will also provide for an elaborate procedure for the adoption of orphan, abandoned, or surrendered children.

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