Maharashtra’s Minister of Women and Child Development Yashomati Thakur had a meeting with Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray regarding the state’s plan for children orphaned by COVID-19.
She suggested that the state deposit around five lakh rupees in the bank accounts of every child who has lost their parents to COVID-19. She then added that the interest on this amount could be used for this child.
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– ANI (@ANI) May 28, 2021
Yashomati Thakur says state government will protect orphans
It comes after the government of Maharashtra announced it would fund the education of all these children, who have been orphaned by the pandemic. This funding will be provided until the child completes class 12. Varsha gaikwad, the Minister of School Education, said that all expenditure for student education will be borne by the Ministry of Higher and Technical Education.
Yashomati Thakur also assured that the state government would do everything to protect and educate these children.
The government of Maharashtra previously announced the creation of a 10-member task force in each of the 36 districts. This was done, to ensure that these children are safe and also to supervise their adoption.
About 1,572 children in the state are said to have lost one or both of their parents to COVID-19. About 1,474 children have lost one of their parents, while 98 have lost both parents.
On Thursday, the government of Kerala announced that one-time financial support of Rs 3 lakh would be granted to all children orphaned by the pandemic. Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan said immediate cash assistance of Rs 2,000 would be given to all these children until they reach the age of 18. He also added that the government of Kerala would pay for the education of these children, until they graduate.
Many other states such as Uttarakhand, Maharashtra, Punjab, Delhi, Madhya Pradesh, Jharkhand, Uttar Pradesh and Chhattisgarh have made similar announcements.