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CM initiates e-payment of assistance, under CM Bal Seva Yojana, to the children who lost their parents during Corona pandemic

Chief Minister Vijay Rupani launches Mukhya Mantri Bal Seva Yojna for children who lost their parents due to coronavirus

Gujarat Government deposited Rs.31.04-lakh in bank accounts of 776 children, to pay Rs.4,000 per month to each child till age of 18

Gandhinagar, Wednesday: Chief Minister Vijay Rupani today launched the Mukhya Mantri Bal Seva Yojna in the state for children who lost their parents due to prevailing pandemic coronavirus, ever since the first case was detected on March 18, 2020.

The Gujarat Government deposited Rs.31.04-lakh directly into the bank accounts of 776 such children who had lost their mother and father and were rendered destitute due to Covid-19, in one go at an event here linked to 33 district headquarters through videoconference.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi had announced the scheme to take care of such children who lost their parents from the PM Care Fund.

Speaking on the occasion, Mr. Rupani said the state government will pay each such child Rs.4,000 per month to stand by the side of such destitute children on compassionate ground, from new born children till they attain the age of 18 are eligible for the scheme.

The state government will pay Rs.6,000 per month to grownup children even after, from 18 to 21 years under After Care Scheme for higher studies. It will continue till the age of 24 or till they continue the education, whichever is earlier.

Mr. Rupani complimented the employees of Social Defence Department for identifying such eligible children and then verifying and completing the formalities in such a fast time. He reiterated the state government’s commitment to work for the welfare and uplift of the poor, oppressed, have-nots.

The Chief Minister paid his condolences to the deceased parents. He also talked to the guardians of such destitute children, presented kits.

Out of 776 children identified in the state, 44 are from Ahmedabad district, 19 from Amreli, 26 from Aravalli, 39 from Anand, 31 from Kutch, 26 from Kheda, 6 from Gandhinagar, 16 from Gir-Somnath, 6 from Chhotaudepur, 24 from Jamnagar, 28 from Junagadh, 11 from Dang, 17 from Tapi, 22 from Dahod, 13 from Devbhoomi-Dwarka, 12 from Narmada, 30 from Navsari, 30 from Panchmahal, 22 from Patan, 11 from Porbandar, 21 from Banaskantha, 13 from Botad, 42 from Bhavnagar, 9 from Mahisagar, 22 from Mehsana, 12 from Morbi, 58 from Rajkot, 32 from Vadodara, 26 from Valsad, 36 from Sabarkantha, 29 from Surat, and 16 from Surendranagar district.

Social Justice and Empowerment Minister Ishwarbhai Parmar said that Social Defence Department under his Ministry is implementing this Bal Seva Yojna under the leadership of Mr. Rupani.

Mr. Parmar said the department also takes care of children who lost both parents, or lost their father and whose mother did not marry again. Each such child gets Rs.3,000 through DBT. There are 17,145 such children in the state.

Those present at Gandhinagar included Chief Minister’s Chief Principal Secretary K. Kailashnathan, Commissioner Dilip Rana, Social Defence Director G.N. Nachiya and other officers.

Members of Parliament, Members of Legislative Assembly, office-bearers and beneficiaries and their guardians were present at the district headquarters.

Source: Information Department, Gujarat