Odisha CM launches 'Ashirbad Scheme' to aid children orphaned by Covid-19, includes free healthcare, education

  • | Sunday | 20th June, 2021

Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik has launched the Ashirbad scheme on Father`s Day.

The Covid-19 pandemic has orphaned many children. Governments are trying their level best for the upbringing of these children. The states were asked by the Center to pay attention to such children, take care of them and make arrangements for their protection.

Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik has launched the Ashirbad scheme on Father`s Day. Under this scheme, the government will give Rs 2,500 per month to every child who has lost one or both of his parents. This money will be sent to the bank account of the guardian or caregiver of the beneficiaries till they turn 18. If such children are sent to a children`s home in the absence of a caregiver, they will be given an additional Rs 1,000 every month.

Similarly, if the earning member of the parents has died, then they will be given Rs 1,500. Children who lose their parents on or after April 1, 2020, will be included in this scheme. The state government has launched this scheme for the education, initiation, maintenance of these children. Free medical facilities will also be given to these children. They will get benefit from the health insurance scheme, Biju health welfare scheme.

CM Naveen Patnaik directed the District Child Protection Units, Childline, Mandal and Panchayat level committees and the frontline workers to ensure that no beneficiary is left out.

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