Govt to launch portal to enable online registration under PM-Cares scheme for children orphaned in pandemic due to Covid-19

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The 'PM Cares For Children' scheme seeks to support the child through a convergent approach

NEW DELHI: The government is preparing to launch a portal that proposes to enable online registration and tracking of applications with due safety precautions under the “PM-Cares for Children Scheme.” The scheme seeks to provide long term support to children who have lost both parents, surviving parent, legal guardian or adoptive parents due to Covid-19 since the pandemic gained momentum in March 2020.
The "PM Cares For Children" scheme seeks to support the child through a convergent approach, gap funding for ensuring education, monthly stipend at the age of 18 years and lump sum amount of Rs 10 lakh on turning 23 years of age.
The support plan under the scheme was launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on May 29. Since the ministry of women and child development is the nodal ministry for anchoring the scheme in collaboration with states and districts, this dedicated portal developed by National Informatics Centre will also be managed by the WCD ministry. The portal will enable applicants to register and access the information with regards to the update on their application using secure login procedures.
Separate login facilities are proposed to enable key stakeholders like child welfare committees and district magistrates to access the portal. A manual to help fill in details of the child has also been prepared to enable a clear understanding about the registration process. The portal shared with states for testing is likely to be officially launched any day now, sources said.
As per the scheme, a corpus of Rs 10 lakh in the form of a fixed deposit in the name of the child will be created. This corpus will be used for providing them a monthly stipend for five years when they turn 18 years of age. This stipend will be given to take care of their personal requirements during the period of higher education. At 23 years, each child will get the corpus amount as one lump-sum for personal and professional use.
This measure is cited as a step that will enable the child to have the necessary financial support when he or she moves out of school and is an adult who can take decisions with regards to their future.
Meanwhile, the National Commission for Protection of Child Rights has been collecting data being sent in by states in keeping with the directions of the Supreme Court with regards to children who have lost one or both parents during the pandemic. This also includes those children who had not lost parents due to Covid-19. In the last affidavit filed in SC, the count of children impacted was 30,071 and out of this 3,621 were orphaned, 26,176 had lost a single parent and 274 children were classified as abandoned. This is not the final number as states have been sending and updating data.


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