The government has said that three thousand 855 applications have been approved so far for PM CARES for Children scheme to support children who have lost both parents due to COVID. Women and Child Development Minister Smriti Irani informed this in a written reply in Rajya Sabha yesterday. She said the scheme is accessible through an online portal
The applications of such children are uploaded on the portal by the respective State and Union Territories Governments. Ms Irani said, as of 31st of last month, six thousand 624 applications have been uploaded on the portal.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi had announced PM CARES for Children scheme to support children who have lost both parents or surviving parents or legal guardians or adoptive parents due to COVID-19 pandemic. As per the scheme guidelines, a quantum of sponsorship of two thousand rupees per child per month is available for Non-institutional Care of children in Need of Care and Protection, and the provision for maintenance grant of two thousand 160 rupees per child per month for children living in Child Care Institution.