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CM meets various sections of the society in small groups under ‘Mokla Mane Samvad’

Chief Minister Vijay Rupani in a poignant scene meets 33 children, who lost their parents due to pandemic coronavirus Covid-19, at his residence under ‘Mokla Mane Samvad’  

Gujarat Government had two days back announced Rs.4,000 p.m. assistance under ‘Bal Seva Yojna’ for children, who lost their parents due to Covid-19, till they attain age of 18  

Gujarat Chief Minister on Friday extends it from 18 to 21 years 

Orphaned children will also get financial assistance for higher studies, loan for higher studies abroad, ration under NFSA,  medical expenses under Ma Amritam Card, etc 

Orphaned girl children will get admission in Kasturba Gandhi Vidyalaya with hostel expenses, Kunwarbai-nu Mameru 

Gujarat Government has identified 776 such orphaned children

Gandhinagar, Friday: Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani had announced two days back financial assistance of Rs.4,000 per month under ‘Bal Seva Yojna’ in the state to children who lost their parents due to prevailing pandemic coronavirus Covid-19, till they attain the age of 18.

In a pathbreaking initiative today, he extended the period of this scheme from 18 to 21 years, meaning such children will continue to get Rs.4,000 per month till they attain the age of 21.

He announced today the extension of the period of the scheme and many other financial assistances during his meeting with a group of 35 such destitute orphaned children from all the 33 districts in the state, under ‘Mokla Mane Samvad’ in a poignant scene at his residence here. The children were accompanied with their guardians or caretakers, all maintaining protocols like social distancing and SOS.

The Chief Minister (CM) meets various sections of the society in small groups under ‘Mokla Mane Samvad’ as a Common Man (CM) at his residence to know their problems at regular interval over past sometime.

This was announced to mark completion of seven years of the NDA Government led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the Centre.

The Gujarat Government had deposited Rs.31.04-lakh two days back directly into the bank accounts of 776 such children who had lost their mother and father and were rendered destitute due to Covid-19.

Reiterating the Gujarat Government’s resolve to stand by such orphaned children, he recalled the ‘Mukhya Mantri Bal Sahay Yojna’ was started to look after the upbringings, education, health, training and even loan for self-employment.

Such destitute children will get financial assistance of Rs.6,000 per month to grownup children even after they complete 21 years for higher studies. It will continue till the age of 24 or till they continue the education, whichever is earlier.

The entire gamut includes not just monthly financial assistance but all also all-round development of such children, vocational training for above-14 age group and skill development for above-18 age group.

The bright and meritorious children will be entitled for loan on priority for higher studies abroad, under ‘Mukhya Mantri Swavlambi Yojna, irrespective of any income criteria.

Other considerations to Covid-19 orphaned children include priority to orphaned girl child in Central Government managed Kasturba Gandhi Balika Vidyalaya and residential school with hostel expenses, cashless medical expenses up to Rs five lakh for under Mukhya Mantri Amritam Card Yojna meant for Below Poverty Line (BPL) and Middle-Class families for serious diseases like cancer and kidney.

The orphaned girl child will get financial assistance under ‘Kunwarbai Mameru Yojna’ to be paid by State Government’s Social Justice and Empowerment Department. All Boards and Corporations under the Social Justice and Empowerment Department as well as Tribal Development Department will also extend all its benefits to orphaned children.

The guardians of such orphaned children will be entitled to ration of wheat at Rs.2 per kg, rice Rs.2 per kg, sugar etc under National Food Security Act (NFSA).

Prominent among those present on the occasion included Chief Minister’s Secretary Ashwini Kumar, 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