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The National Commission for the Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR) has developed an online tracking portal called “Bal Swaraj (COVID-Care link)” for children in need of care and protection. The portal can be used to track children who have lost both parents or one parent during Covid-19. Further, any authorised officer/department can upload such children’s data to the portal using the "COVID-Care" link.
Through the data entered in the portal by District officers and State officers for each child, the Commission can determine whether:
• The child is receiving their entitlements, benefits, and monetary gains;
• The child has been produced before the Child Welfare Committee;
• Any protective orders have been issued for the child;
• The State requires financial assistance to obtain additional funds for benefiting children through the currently implemented programmes.
The Supreme Court in "In Re. Contagion of Covid-19 Virus in Children Homes" directed all District officers to submit data on orphaned children on the Bal Swaraj portal under the COVID-Care link.
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