Extending financial aid to children who lost their parents to Covid infection, Manipur Chief Minister N Biren Singh on Sunday announced the Chief Minister’s “Bal Seva Scheme” for the children orphaned by COVID-19.
Under the scheme, the government will be providing a maintenance amount of Rs. 3500 per month if any child wishes to stay in non-institutional care under the care of an extended family or guardian.
In case such children do not have any guardians, they would be kept in child care institutions, he said. The Centre is providing assistance of Rs 2,160 per child every month for those who are below 10 and are staying in these institutions, he added.
Singh further said that the scheme would also ensure specific institutional care and education for adolescent girls. They would be given preference for admission in Kasturba Gandhi Balika Vidyalayas (KGBV) to ensure sensitive care, proper protection and free education.
Laptops would also be provided as a one-time special assistance to those children who are studying in Class 11 or above or are undergoing a vocational course after completing Class X.