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PM Announces Stipend For Kids Orphaned Due To Covid But There’s A Catch & People Have Questions

The second wave of Coronavirus struck India in mid-March this year and the numbers of cases skyrocketed in no time.

Over 70 crore people have been estimated to test positive for Covid during the second wave and India’s death toll crossed more than 3 lakh last week.

Sadly, a lot of children lost both parents due to the deadly virus too.

Govt To Give Stipend To Kids Orphaned Due To Covid
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PM Narendra Modi chaired a meeting on Saturday in order to gauge the impact of pandemic on children.

It was decided that the PM Cares Fund will be used to provide financial help to support children who lost both their parents to Covid.

Narendra Modi
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“Children represent the future of the country and we will do everything to support and protect the children. It is our duty, as a society, to care for our children and instil hope for a bright future,” said PM Modi during the announcement of the scheme. 

Supporting our nation’s future!

Several children lost their parents due to COVID-19. The Government will care for these children, ensure a life of dignity & opportunity for them. PM-CARES for Children will ensure education & other assistance to children.

— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi)

The government has rolled out benefits like free education, assistance for education loan for higher education and free health insurance of Rs 5 lakh under Ayushman Bharat till 18 years of age. 

The interest of the loan and premium for insurance will also be covered by PM CARES. It will also pay for uniforms and textbooks. 

Apart from this, PM Modi also announced a fund of Rs 10 lakh for each child orphaned due to Covid.

They will receive a monthly stipend until they are 18 years of age and will get the corpus amount when they turn 23 that they can use for personal or professional use. 

Narendra Modi
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Twitter had a lot of questions to ask, starting from why children are getting a stipend only when they turn 18. 

Here are some discussion threads of Twitter users who put up their questions and got their answers in replies:

Free education + free health insurance!
Please read again.

— #IndiaMyPride Aali (@NoneOfY59146053)

Child commission will take care of them till 18, it's obvious.

— Mishra_Ji (@Ajit_Ajju0629)

6-7yrs child will be admitted in nearest KV or pvt. school and unform textbook etc expenditure will also provided
Heath insurance is also there

— Aneet Gautam🇮🇳🇮🇳 (@AneetGautam)

Donations made by thousands of Indians to PM CARES last year during the pandemic will be used to provide assistance and financial support to children who have lost their parents or guardians due to Covid this year. 

This is a great move, if it is implemented rightfully.