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Provide details of schemes under PM Care for children orphaned due to Covid-19: SC to Centre | India News

NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court on Tuesday asked Centre to provide details of a scheme recently announced under PM Care Fund for the benefit of children who lost their parents to the Covid-19 pandemic and how that scheme will be implemented.
On Sunday, the Union government had announced that all children who lost both parents or a surviving parent, legal guardian or adoptive parents due to Covid-19 will be supported by a scheme under PM Cares to create a corpus of Rs 10 lakh in the form of a fixed deposit.
This corpus will be used for providing a monthly stipend for five years when the children turn 18 years of age. This stipend is expected to take care of their personal requirements during the period of higher education. At 23 years, each child will get the corpus amount as one lump-sum for personal and professional use. This measure makes way for long-term assistance to enable the child to have the necessary financial support when s/he moves out of school and is an adult who can take decisions with regards to their future course.
On Friday, the apex court had given two days to the states to furnish details of children who have lost their parents and steps taken for their rehabilitation.
A bench of Justices LN Rao and Anirudhha Bose had asked the states and Centre to provide the statistical data about Covid related orphaned children to amicus curiae Gaurav Agrawal by Monday and said it would pass orders on Tuesday in the suo motu matter relating to amelioration of hardship of such children during the pandemic.
A recent study conducted by Child Rights and You (CRY) found that states have received increased reports of missing children after the first wave of Covid-19. The proportion of missing girl children is much higher. The obvious inference is that either the children have run away to find some kind of livelihood for themselves or have been trafficked interalia for flesh trade.”

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