Uttarakhand government to give Rs 3,000 per month to Covid orphans
The Uttarakhand government on Saturday announced the Chief Minister Vatsalya Yojana to take care of those children, who lost their parents or the sole earning member of the family to Covid-19 infection. Under the scheme, the government would make arrangements for the education and training of these children till they attain the age of 21 years.
According to the provisions of the scheme, an amount Rs 3,000 per month would be given to them. Besides, the district magistrates have been asked to ensure that their share of ancestral property is not sold till they turn adults. Also, such kids will be provided with 5% horizontal reservation in Uttarakhand government jobs.
Before Uttarakhand, several other states/UTs — including Andhra Pradesh, Punjab, and Delhi, among others — have announced such schemes. Earlier this week, Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath also announced that his government will take responsibility of those children who have lost their parents during the second wave of the Covid-19 in Uttar Pradesh.