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UP CM launches welfare scheme for kids who lost parents to Covid

The state government came up with the scheme for children orphaned by the Covid-19 pandemic.

By: Express News Service | Lucknow |
Updated: July 23, 2021 5:48:06 am
Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath and Governer Anandiben Patel during the launch of the ‘Uttar Pradesh Mukhyamantri Bal Sewa Yojna’, at Lok Bhavan in Lucknow Thursday. (Express Photo)

Declaring that no child will languish without parental care in Uttar Pradesh as his government will act as the guardian to every such child in the state, Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, along with Governor Anandi Ben Patel, launched the “Uttar Pradesh Mukhyamantri Bal Sewa Yojna” at a function in Lok Bhawan on Thursday.

The state government came up with the novel scheme for children orphaned by the Covid-19 pandemic. At the launch of the initiative on Thursday, an amount of Rs 12,000 for the first quarter was digitally transferred to the bank accounts of 4,050 such children. Also, under the scheme, tablets and laptops were provided to the eligible children.

Speaking at the launch event, the CM said his government will be duty-bound to ensure proper upbringing, maintenance, education and security to every child deprived of the love and care of parents. “Mukhyamantri Bal Seva Yojana has been launched for children whose parents succumbed to coronavirus. The government is working on another scheme for the welfare of children who lost their parents or legal guardians to non-Covid ailments,” he said.

Pledging administrative support to such children, Yogi said the government will provide all necessary resources to help them fulfil their dreams. He also defended the state’s handling of the pandemic while expressing grief over every life lost to Covid-19.

“If we look at the number of deaths, the US recorde one-and-a-half times more deaths as compared to India,” he said, adding that the scheme was conceived after Prime Minister Narendra Modi advised all states to frame targeted policies and schemes to secure the future of these children.

The CM said that since March 2020, around 240 such children, who became orphans during the pandemic, have been identified in a statewide survey. “There are 3,810 such children whose mother, father or legal guardian died due to Covid-19. The government has taken the responsibility of these children. At present, an advance 3-month allowance (of Rs 4000 for each month) is being given to these 4,050 children. Arrangements have also been made for children below the age of 18 years who have no guardian or family. Those studying in schools will be given tablets or laptops. Also, for the marriage of orphaned girls, an amount of Rs 1,01,000 each will be allotted by the state government.

The CM and the Governor also gave away school bags, stationery items, chocolate boxes and tablets to eligible children from different districts.

Speaking at the event, the Governor urged people to come forward for orphaned children. Calling for widespread public participation to help such children realize their dreams, she made a mention of her daughter who adopted a 5-year-old orphaned child during a visit to the Dwarkadhish temple. “Today that child is one of the top-10 football players in Gujarat,” she said.

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