The apex court, which was annoyed over non-disbursal of Rs 50,000 ex-gratia to the kin of those who lost their lives due to COVID-19, pulled up the state governments.
The Ministry of Women and Child Development said as per the PM CARES for children portal, total applications registered as on December 24 is 6,098.
The government handed over a cheque of Rs 1 lakh to BPL card holders and Rs 50,000 to APL card holders.
With many children orphaned during Covid, the SOS Children’s Village has been helping them find a home and aiding Covid-affected families file for compensation and benefits.
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Advocate Rajesh Kumar Chaurasia, appearing for the petitioner, said that there are no plans in existence to alleviate the suffering of children, who have been orphaned due to COVID.
District Guardian Minister Aditi Tatkare distributed the certificates to relatives of such children at a function held in Pali on Monday, the official said.
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The DoE has also said these students may be admitted under free education category immediately in the same school, if it is running on DDA or government allotted land.
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.