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Covid-19: Govt Planning to Increase Monthly Stipend of Children Who Lost Parents in Pandemic to Rs 4,000

The Women and Child Development Ministry has proposed that the monthly stipend given to children who lost their parents to the pandemic be increased from Rs 2,000 to Rs 4,000, a government official said.

The Centre is planning to raise the monthly stipend of children who lost parents to Covid-19 from Rs 2,000 tp Rs 4,000 (PTI Photo)

New Delhi: The central government is planning to increase the monthly financial support given to children who lost their parents to COVID-19 from Rs 2,000 to Rs 4,000, a senior official said on Tuesday.

The official said a proposal may go to the Cabinet for approval in the next few weeks. The Women and Child Development Ministry has proposed that the monthly stipend given to children who lost their parents to the pandemic be increased from Rs 2,000 to Rs 4,000, the official said.

The government in May had announced that children who have lost both parents or surviving parent or legal guardian/adoptive parents due to COVID-19 will be supported under the ‘PM-CARES for Children’ scheme.

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Till now, out of 3,250 applications received under the scheme, a total of 667 have been approved by district magistrates concerned, according to ministry data.

The data also showed that applications have been received from 467 districts till now.

Meanwhile, several states have announced welfare schemes of their own such Tamil Nadu where CM MK Stalin inaugurated a special shame on June 14 in which a certificates of Rs five lakh fixed deposit in favour of such children by the state government.

Stalin also gave a cheque of Rs three lakh to those children who lost one of their parents to COVID-19.

The scheme was announced on May 29 by the state government.

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