NEW DELHI: India’ s Government announced it will offer free education to children who lost parents to Covid-19, and also will offer pension to dependents of those who lost their lives due to Covid.
According to Times Of India, the government said that such children will get a monthly stipend once they turn 18 and a fund of Rs 10 lakh when they turn 23 from PM CARES fund.
The decision was taken at a meeting chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi to discuss and deliberate on steps which can be taken to support children who have lost their parents due to Covid-19, the news portal added.
The Prime Minister’s Office also announced further measures to help families who lost earning member due to Covid-19.
The government said that pension will be given to the dependents of those who lost their lives due to Covid under Employees State Insurance Corporation.
“Insurance benefits under the Employees’ Deposit Linked Insurance Scheme (EDLI) enhanced and liberalized. These schemes will help mitigate financial difficulties faced by the families”, it said.
India continues to record high trend in daily new Covid cases.
Earlier today, India reported 173,790 fresh Covid-19 cases, bringing the country’s Covid-19 tally to 27,729,247.