The Ministry of Women and Child Development (WCD) has requested the States and Union Territories to instruct the District Magistrates to identify the children who have lost their parents due to the Corona pandemic. Such children are to be helped under the ‘PM-Cares for Children’ scheme. The ministry has also asked them to give detailed information of such children on a portal designed to provide them speedy assistance.
web portal launch
In a letter to chief secretaries of all states and union territories, Indevar Pandey, Secretary, Ministry of Women and Child Development, said that a web portal has been launched for submission of applications, identification of children eligible to receive assistance under the scheme. has gone.
Instructions for giving details of eligible children
In the letter sent on July 22, he said, ‘I would request you to instruct the district magistrates of your state to identify the eligible children for getting assistance under the PM Cares scheme and give the details of the eligible children, so that they get immediate help. So to receive. This work can be completed in the next 15 days.
Run a campaign for the identification of children, District Magistrate
The Ministry has set up a ‘Help Desk’ for this. The ministry official has asked the district magistrates to conduct a campaign to identify these children with the help of police, District Child Protection Unit (DCPU), Childline and civil society organisations.
He said that the children who have lost both their parents due to Corona and need assistance under the scheme should be referred to Child Welfare Committee (CWC) by Childline (1098), DCPU or any other agency or person. can be offered.
CWC will investigate the cause of death
The application form for availing assistance under this scheme can be filled before the CWC by the children or their caregivers or any other agency. He said that the CWC would confirm the cause of death of the parents through their death certificate or investigation.
Government gave statement in Parliament
The government told Parliament on 22 July that a total of 645 children lost their parents to Corona from April to May 28 this year during the second wave of the pandemic.