The Supreme Court docket — which has tasked the Centre and states with safety of kids orphaned by Covid — sought particulars of the scheme introduced by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on this regard at this time. The courtroom has additionally requested the Centre to submit particulars on identification of beneficiaries, mechanism for monitoring the scheme and different associated points.
The courtroom, which took up the problem suo motu whereas listening to a case about Covid outbreak at childcare properties, will hear the case once more on June 7.
A number of states, together with Delhi and Kerala, had already introduced schemes for such youngsters.
The Central authorities stepped in on Saturday, asserting that it will bear the price of these youngsters’s schooling and hand them a corpus of Rs 10 lakh once they attain the age of 23 years.
On Saturday, as his authorities was about to finish two years in energy in its second time period — PM Modi had introduced the welfare measures for youngsters. The scheme, he mentioned, can be funded by the PM Cares Fund.
In a press release, the Prime Minister’s Workplace mentioned these between 11-18 years of age can be given admission in any central government-run residential college or their charges can be paid.
Additionally, fastened deposits can be opened within the names of such youngsters and they’re going to obtain the cash once they flip 23.
A minimum of 577 youngsters throughout the nation have been orphaned by COVID-19 between April 1 and Could 25, Girls and Youngster Improvement Minister Smriti Irani has mentioned, citing experiences of states and Union Territories.
Flagging the problem, a bench of Justices L Nageswara Rao and Aniruddha Bose had mentioned final week: “The Covid pandemic has created an unprecedented scenario and has a cascading impact on weak youngsters. Authorities should determine youngsters who had been orphaned as a result of pandemic or in any other case and take steps to handle their fundamental wants,”
The bench had requested the state authorities to maintain the kids’s wants like meals, shelter, and clothes “with out ready for an official order from this courtroom”. It additionally requested the states to collate info on youngsters who’ve been orphaned since March 2020 and add it on the portal of the Nationwide Fee for Safety of Youngster Rights.