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Date : Feb 24, 2022

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Topic à Government Policies and Interventions


  • Context:


  • The Prime Minister's Children's Welfare Scheme has been extended till February 28, 2022. Previously, the program was only good through December 31, 2021.


  • The plan is as follows:


  • The program was created to help and empower children who have been affected by Covid.
  • Eligibility: The scheme will assist all children who have lost both parents or a surviving parent, legal guardian/adoptive parents as a result of Covid 19.


  • To be eligible for the plan, children must not have reached the age of 18 at the time of their parents' death.


  • The scheme's features include:


  • Fixed Deposit in the child's name: When each child reaches the age of 18, he or she would get a sum of Rs 10 lakh.
  • For children under the age of ten, admission will be granted as a day scholar to the nearest Kendriya Vidyalaya or a private school.
  • Schooling: For children aged 11 to 18, admission would be granted to any Central Government residential school, such as Sainik School or Navodaya Vidyalaya.
  • Support for Higher Education: As per the existing Education Loan guidelines, the child would be aided in acquiring an education loan for Professional courses / Higher Education in India.
  • Health Insurance: Under the Ayushman Bharat Scheme (PM-JAY), all children would be enrolled as beneficiaries with a health insurance cover of Rs 5 lakhs.
  • (Note: We've simply touched on the scheme's highlights and major elements here.) Please see the website for more information.


  • These safeguards are required because:


  • As India fights a blazing second wave, the number of children who have lost their parents to Covid-19 is increasing.
  • Child trafficking under the guise of adoption has also become a concern.
  • In the Covid-19-induced lockdown, child marriages have also increased.


  • Source à The Hindu

Tags : Covid-19, PM-JAY

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