The Uttarakhand government has decided to provide financial support to those children who lost their parents due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
In a tweet on Saturday, Chief Minister Tirath Singh Rawat, announced “The government has decided that to bear the responsibility of children who have lost their parents due to the Covid-19 pandemic. For this, we have come up with ‘Mukhyamantri Vatsalya Yojana’.”
प्रिय उत्तराखंड वासियों,
आपकी सरकार ने यह तय किया है कि प्रदेश के सभी ऐसे बच्चे, जिन्होंने कोविड -19 महामारी से अपने माता – पिता को खोया है, उन सभी की जिम्मेदारी सरकार उठाएगी। इसके लिए हम ‘मुख्यमंत्री वात्सल्य योजना’ लेकर आए है। pic.twitter.com/MbJ2iB9tn3
— Tirath Singh Rawat (@TIRATHSRAWAT) May 22, 2021
Earlier on Saturday, Bharatiya Janata Party president JP Nadda wrote to all party-ruled states regarding a scheme for the welfare of children who have been orphaned due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The scheme will be implemented on May 30, on the occasion of the BJP Government’s completing seven years at the office in the Centre.
The party chief has asked all BJP ruled states to prepare draft for welfare policy at the earliest for children who have lost their parents to COVID-19 based on “situation, needs and tradition” of their states.
The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) had also written a letter on May 21 to all states and Union Territories (UTs) directing them on steps for the protection of “vulnerable sections” especially children who lost parents due to COVID-19.
The letter informed states/UTs on the advisory by MHA on standard operating procedures for preventing and combating crimes against vulnerable sections of the society, including women, children, senior citizens and Scheduled Castes/ Scheduled Tribes, and as well as for putting in place institutional mechanisms for preventing and countering human trafficking.