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SC calls on state governments to hold hands with Covid orphans | India News


NEW DELHI: As thousands of children lost both or a parent to the Covid pandemic and many face a bleak future, the Supreme Court has approved a series of instructions to lend a hand in asking the states and territories of the Union to ensure that there are no interruptions in their schooling and bear the cost of their education.
Noting that the National Commission for the Protection of the Rights of the Child (NCPCR) receives many complaints regarding the illegal adoption of orphaned children, a court of Judges L Nageswara Rao and Aniruddha Bose also ordered states and police to take strict measures against individuals and NGOs engaged in such activities. It also ordered states to track down all children in distress and provide them with financial assistance, including paying Rs 2,000 per month under the Integrated Child Protection Scheme (ICPS).
The court said that the states should act with aid and financial assistance, since the Center has not finalized the modalities to come to the rescue of these children under the PM Cares fund and sought a period of four weeks to finalize it. The court approved the order after accepting the suggestion of lawyer Gaurav Agrawal, who is assisting the court as amicus curiae. “If the affected children are studying in public schools, they should be allowed to continue. Regarding children who are studying in private schools, state governments / Union Territories must take measures and direct the permanence of children in these schools for at least a period of six months, at which time they can reach a fix. … States / UTs must ensure that there are no interruptions in the education of children who have been orphaned or lost a parent during the pandemic, ”the bank said.

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