KOCHI: Food and Civil Supplies Minister Anoop Jacob has inaugurated the YMCA Educare project initiated by YMCA Ernakulam. The project aims at providing financial aid for the education of children of cancer patients from financially-backward families.
YMCA has taken up this project at a time when the cancer treatment incurs a huge financial burden for the family of cancer patients, which makes it impossible to educate their children.
“As the state witnesses a spurt in the number of cancer and kidney diseases patients, it is necessary to initiate such projects by organiszations like YMCA. Other associations should also come forward with such initiates to help the poorest of the poor. It is a welcome move by YMCA as it had identified a particular section of society which needs a helping hand in order to survive,” the minister said. Onam kits were distributed to 440 financially-backward families at the function by the Minister.
The Minister added that the anomalities in identifying the APL and BPL categories in ration cards will be rectified soon.
“There are complaints that many financially-backward families were provided with APL ration cards. When new ration cards will be issued, the complaints will be addressed properly and everything will be resolved,” the Minister said. He revealed that the new rations cards will be issued soon. Under the project financial aid will be given to students in the age group of 5 to 12 years. These children will be rehabilitated at YMCA Boys Home at Thrikkakkara.