Title : PM CARES FOR CHILDREN SCHEME
Date : Feb 24, 2022
Topic à Government Policies and Interventions
- 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 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.
Tags : Covid-19, PM-JAY