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Odisha launches a plan for children who lost one or both parents | India News


BHUBANESHWAR: With several children orphaned since last year after the Covid-19 pandemic, Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Sunday launched a plan to provide financial aid to all children who have lost to one or both parents, regardless of the situation. cause.
The beneficiaries of the ‘Ashirbad’ program, applicable from April 2020, have been divided into three categories: those who have been orphaned, those who have to move to social care homes for lack of a caregiver and children who have lost his father who wins, said a statement issued by the prime minister’s office.
Under the plan, the government will distribute 2,500 rupees a month for each child orphaned due to the loss of one or both parents.
The amount will be transferred to the bank accounts of the beneficiaries’ guardians or caregivers until they turn 18 years of age.
If such children have to be transferred to child care institutions in the absence of a caregiver, an additional amount of Rs 1,000 will be allocated to them each month.
Similarly, children who have experienced the death of the winning parent will receive 1,500 rupees each. Their mothers, if they are entitled to the Madhu Babu Pension Plan, will receive allowances on a priority basis.
All these children will be able to benefit from the State and Center meal plans and free medical services under the Biju Swasthya Kalyan Yojana of the BJD dispensation.
The state government will also facilitate their education in the respective schools. If necessary, arrangements will be made for the admission of those children to Adarsh ​​Vidyalayas and central schools.
They will receive assistance for higher education under the state’s “Green Passage” program.
Taking into account their general welfare, the state has also decided to approve pucca houses under various schemes to guardians and caregivers of these children.
The ‘Ashirbad’ scheme, however, will not apply to children who have been adopted by someone, according to the statement.
Patnaik, in launching the plan, led the district’s child protection units, Childline, bloc and panchayat committees and frontline workers to ensure no beneficiary is left out.
The chief minister further said that the district collectors will launch a special campaign each year to identify in their jurisdiction all children who are distressed by the loss of their parents.
Guardians and caregivers have been asked to approach child protection units with death certificates to reap the benefits of the ‘Ashirbad’ scheme, the statement added.

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