About the Scheme:
The Uttar Pradesh government launched a welfare scheme for children who have either lost both of their parents to COVID-19 or the earning parent. Under the Uttar Pradesh Mukhyamantri Bal Seva Yojana, the state government will provide financial assistance to a child’s guardian while those who do not have anyone to look after them will be sent to children’s homes. The state government will take care of the upbringing and education of children orphaned by COVID-19. The government will provide a monthly financial assistance of Rs 4,000 to a child’s guardian or caretaker till he or she attains adulthood. Children below 10 years who do not have any family members will be taken care of by the state government children’s homes. Currently, such homes are functional in Mathura, Lucknow, Prayagraj, Agra and Rampur.
Children who have lost both of their parents to COVID-19, a surviving parent, legal guardian in case the parents have already died earlier, will be included in this scheme. Children, who have lost the earning parent of their family will also be included in the scheme.
How to Apply?
- The government will identify the orphans in their areas and upload their data to the National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR).
- If any child is found to have lost parents to COVID, with no one to look after them, the child ought to be produced before the District Child Welfare Committee (CWC) within 24 hours, excluding journey time.
- Persons wishing to adopt orphan children may approach Central Adoption Resource Authority (cara.nic.in) for lawful adoptions.
Validity & Timeframe:
- The scheme started on 30th May, 2021. As of now, no end date has been notified by the Government.
Websites & Links:
•Ministry of Women and Child Development https://wcd.nic.in/
•Central Adoption Resource Authority http://cara.nic.in/0