SC told the Center – children orphaned by the epidemic should get the benefits of the scheme under PM Care Fund

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New Delhi
The Supreme Court has said that all the children who have been orphaned during the Kovid epidemic should get the benefit of the welfare scheme under the PM Care Fund. The Supreme Court said that the benefit of the welfare scheme should not be limited to only those children whose parents died due to Kovid, but all those orphan children who have been orphaned during the pandemic should get the benefit of the welfare scheme. The Supreme Court said that we have seen many schemes on paper, we want the benefit of the scheme to reach the orphan children in reality. During the hearing of the case, the counsel appearing for the Central Government told that those children are being covered under the PM Care Fund, whose both parents or one of the remaining parents died due to Kovid. Under the scheme, in the 23rd year, children will get an assistance amount of Rs 10 lakh. The Supreme Court said that after March 2020, all the children who have been orphaned during the epidemic should get the benefit of the scheme. The Supreme Court is taking cognizance and hearing about the welfare of orphan children. The Supreme Court said that we will pass an order that all the children who have been orphaned during Kovid should be brought under the welfare scheme. The scheme should not only be for those children whose parents died due to Kovid, but the benefit of the scheme should be given to all orphan children who have been orphaned during Kovid. ‘Benefits of the scheme should not be limited to paper’ Supreme Court Justice L. The bench headed by Nageswara Rao said that according to the information given, it has been said that the assistance of Rs 10 lakh will be given to those whose parents have died during Kovid. We believe that all the children who have been orphaned during the pandemic period should get the benefit of the scheme. Additional Solicitor General Aishwarya Bhati, appearing for the Central Government, said that under the welfare scheme of the PM Care Fund, there is a matter of covering the orphans due to Kovid. The Supreme Court said that we are not asking to cover all orphans, but to cover the children who were orphaned during the pandemic. Whether the parents of a child have died of Kovid or in some other way, but during the pandemic, all the children who were orphaned should be covered under the scheme. All the children who were orphaned during the pandemic need to be covered in this. We cannot limit our order to just the case of death due to covid. The Supreme Court said that the Government of India is also a signatory to the Child Rights Treaty, so it is the responsibility of the state to take responsibility for the orphan children. Additional Solicitor General Bhati said that we will apprise the court after taking instructions on clarification from the authority in this matter. The Supreme Court said that the scheme should reach the real beneficiary, it should not be limited to paper only. The Supreme Court had given directions for the children orphaned by the epidemic. On May 28, the Supreme Court issued a direction to provide immediate assistance to the children orphaned due to Kovid. A bench headed by Justice LN Rao of the Supreme Court had ordered district administrations across the country to identify orphan children from March 2020 onwards and upload the data on the NCPCR website by Saturday. The court had also said that basic needs should be provided to these children immediately and for this the court order should not be waited. The Supreme Court had said that it has been brought to our notice that a large number of children have become orphans at the time of Kovid. Some of both the parents left and some of the earning parents were no more. The court advisor had expressed concern about such children. These children need immediate help. The Supreme Court had asked the state governments to take care of all the children who have been orphaned due to Kovid. The Central Government had sought time to work out what would be the format regarding relief from the PM Cares Fund to the children orphaned due to Kovid. The Supreme Court was told by the Central Government that discussions are going on on the modalities of how to give relief to the children from the PM Care Fund. The Supreme Court had given time to the central government to tell how it would be implemented.

[Attribution to NBT]

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