New Delhi, 1st June: The Supreme Court — which has tasked the Centre and states with protection of children orphaned by Covid — sought details of the scheme announced by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in this regard today. The court has also asked the Centre to submit details on identification of beneficiaries, mechanism for monitoring the scheme and other related issues.
The court, which took up the issue suo motu while hearing a case about Covid outbreak at childcare homes, will hear the case again on June 7.
Several states, including Delhi and Kerala, had already announced schemes for such children.
The Central government stepped in on Saturday, announcing that it would bear the cost of these children’s education and hand them a corpus of ₹ 10 lakh when they reach the age of 23 years.
On Saturday, as his government was about to complete two years in power in its second term — PM Modi had announced the welfare measures for children. The scheme, he said, will be funded by the PM Cares Fund.