Having seen her sister die of hunger and due to lack of treatment, Anitha Mary had decided to work for the welfare of underprivileged students.
Regardless of the cause of their parents’ death, all kids who have been orphaned will receive financial assistance, District child protection officer (DCPO) Niranjan Kar said.
The top court also noted in its order that over one lakh children have lost either or both parents during the pandemic.
There are 18,304 children in Maharashtra who have lost either their father or mother to Covid-19 since last year.
Sources in the village panchayat claim that their father and mother possibly died due to Covid-related complications.
The states were directed to act in cohesion with Child Welfare Committees and District Education Officers while deliberating with private schools where these children are studying.
One of the most devastating trails this pandemic has left behind is to orphan children.
The district social security wing asked to provide an additional Rs 500 under Madhubabu Pension Yojana to the nine children who have lost both parents.
Earlier, the criteria for availing the aid was only for those who either lost both parents or lone parent to Covid.
The Supreme Court has directed the State governments to provide free school admission to orphaned children, enrolled in schools and forced to discontinue studies after March, 2020.
Private schools, allotted plots at concessional rates, are required to allot 20 per cent seats free of cost to children from the underprivileged sections.
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The instructions have been issued to private schools running on DDA or government allotted land.
As per the state government’s record, there are 401 orphans whose parents died in the pandemic caused by virus.
In the initial phase, 1,032 children have been chosen by the state government for providing benefits.
Justice Rekha Palli granted three weeks to them and other respondents to file their counter affidavits after noting that the same was yet to be filed.