India News | PM CARES: 3,855 applications approved so far to support children who have lost their parents to COVID

New Delhi [India]Feb 2 (ANI): As many as 3,855 applications have been approved so far for the PM CARES for Children program aimed at supporting children who have lost both parents to COVID, the Ministry of Health Development said on Wednesday. woman and child.

Union Minister for Women and Child Development Smriti Irani in a written response to Rajya Sabha on Wednesday said Prime Minister Narendra Modi had announced the PM CARES for Children program to support children who have lost both parents or surviving parents or legal guardians or adoptive parents. due to the COVID pandemic.

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The program is accessible through an online portal pmcaresforchildren.in. The applications of these children are uploaded to the portal by the respective state/UT governments. As of January 31, no less than 6,624 applications have been uploaded to the portal, of which 3,855 applications have been approved in accordance with the regular procedure.

She said the ministry is implementing a centrally sponsored program, namely the Child Protective Services (CPS) Program – Mission Vatsalya, under which support is provided to states and governments across the country. ‘UT to provide services to children in need of care and in difficult circumstances.

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The child care institutions (ICC) established under the CPS program support, among other things, age-appropriate education, access to vocational training, leisure, health care, counselling, etc.

As per program guidelines, a sponsorship amount of Rs 2,000 per child per month is available for non-institutional care of children in need of care and protection and provision for maintenance allowance of Rs 2,160 per child per month for children living in care facilities.

The department also shared advisories and guidelines to support states/UTs regarding child care facilities, including immunization of eligible children residing there, as well as mental health support for children and caregivers. . (ANI)

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