A study conducted by The Lancet had shown that more than 1.19 lakh children in India have lost either their parent or custodial grandparent during Covid-19 after Mexico and Brazil. Globally, 15 lakh children had lost either one of their parents or grandparent, with 1.86 lakh children in India. Reportedly, there were five times more children who have lost their father over mother. 90,751 children have lost their fathers.
Courtesy: The Hindu
The Women and Child Development Department of Delhi have appointed 20 welfare officers to conduct a survey and identify the children orphaned by the Covid-19 pandemic by July 20. Reportedly, a monthly compensation of Rs 2,500 will be provided to those children who have lost their parents. About 2,000 children have lost either one or both of their parents due to Covid-19, according to the Delhi Commission for Protection of Child Rights (DCPCR… read-more
Kerala’s Women and Child Development Minister Veena George has sanctioned financial support to children who have lost their parents to COVID-19 on June 21. The scheme will cover children who have lost both parents, and those who have been abandoned. According to the scheme, children will receive Rs 2000 every month until they turn 18 as well as a fixed deposit of Rs 3 lakh will also be made.
Courtesy: The Indian Express
In yet another humanitarian effort, Bollywood actor-cum-philanthropist Sonu Sood has requested the Centre and charities to provide free education to children who became orphans during the pandemic. In his Instagram video, Sood suggested to make it a rule to provide free-of-cost education to the children in both private and public institutions. The video has crossed one-million views mark and has been shared by several celebrities.
Courtesy: Free Press Journal