PM CARES for Children Scheme is a sub-scheme of the PM CARES Fund for children who have lost both parents to COVID-19 panademic. The Ministry of Women and Child Development is the nodal ministry for the implementation of the PM CARES for Children scheme. The scheme is being implemented in collaboration with the states and union territories.
The main objective of this scheme to ensure comprehensive care and protection to children who have lost their parents to COVID-19. The scheme provides financial support, health insurance, education assistance, and other resources to help these children grow up healthy, educated, and self-sufficient.
The applicant must fulfil the below-mentioned criteria:
- Applicants must be under the age of 18 on the date of death of their parents.
- Applicants must have lost both the parents/legal guardian/adoptive parents/surviving parent to COVID-19 pandemic during the period starting from 11th March 2020.
Children will receive the following benefits under this scheme:
- A financial assistance of INR 10 lakh will be given in lump sum to the child or the guardian. The child can use this money for any purpose, such as education, health care, or daily expenses.
- A health insurance cover of INR 5 lakh will be provided to the child for a period of five years. This insurance will cover the cost of hospitalization, surgery, and other medical expenses.
- A scholarship of INR 20,000 per year will be given to the child for school education. This scholarship will be provided till the child completes Class 12.
- Assistance for boarding and lodging will be provided to the child if they are not staying with their immediate family. This assistance will be given till the child turns 18 years of age.
- The assistance for higher education will be provided to the child if they want to pursue higher education. This assistance can be in the form of a scholarship or an educational loan.
- The rehabilitation support will be provided to the child if they are in need of any special care or attention. This support can be in the form of counselling, training, or placement assistance.
- Death certificates of the parents
- Proof of age of the child
- Proof of the relationship of the child with the deceased parents
- Proof of income of the family
- A statement from the Child Welfare Committee (CWC)
Applicants are requested to connect with local authorities including the office of District Magistrate to obtain the application form and proceed further.
It would be better if the applicants could put forward their queries to the nearest District Magistrate’s office.
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