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COVID-19: Over 2000 Children Lost Either One or Both Parents During Pandemic, Finds DCPCR Survey

The details of these kids have been shared with the Department of Women and Child Development so that they may benefit from the government’s schemes.

A health worker uses oxymeter to measures oxygen saturation level of a Covid positive patient at Covid care centre during Covid-19 induced lockdown, in Kolkata, Thursday, June 10, 2021. (Photo | PTI)

New Delhi: A survey conducted by the Delhi Commission for Protection of Child Rights (DCPCR) found that over 2,000 children have lost either one or both of their parents to COVID-19 since March 2020. The survey by DCPCR found that 651 children lost their mothers and 1,311 children lost their fathers to the virus. The Delhi government has also announced that such children will be provided with Rs 2500 per month.

“The Commission has been able to trace more than 2,029 children who have lost either one or both their parents due to Covid. Of these, 67 children are those who have lost both their parents, whereas 651 children have lost their mothers and 1,311 their fathers due to the disease,” read a statement from the DCPCR.

The details of these kids have been shared with the Department of Women and Child Development so that they may benefit from the government’s schemes.

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Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal had on May 14 said his government would bear the cost of education and upbringing of the children orphaned during the pandemic.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi had also announced several relief measures for the affected children, ensuring a corpus of Rs 10 lakh when they turn 23 years of age and providing for their education.

The DCPCR helpline was launched in April and has now completed three months of operations wherein more than 4,500 complaints have been reported.

According to the agency, 85 per cent of these complaints were resolved within 24 hours while the rest were resolved within 72 hours.

“It is just a humble beginning and the helpline has a long way to go to firmly establish itself as a useful and reliable medium. Going by the current trend, the Commission will receive nearly 20,000 complaints in the ongoing year. This is nearly 1,300 percent of the average of the past three years and is two-and-a-half times the complaints the Commission has received in 12 years!” the agency said.

With inputs from PTI

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