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Odisha CM Announces New Scheme “Ashirbad” For Children Who Lost Their Parents To COVID-19

by RTD Journal

On Sunday, Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik announced a new scheme named Ashirbad, under which children who lost their parents to Covid-19 in the state will receive monthly financial help.

On or after April 1, 2020, children who have lost both parents or the family’s primary earner will be eligible for coverage under the scheme.

According to the notification, children who have lost both parents to Covid-19 will receive Rs 2,500 per month, while those who have lost a single parent to the virus on or after April 1, 2020 would receive Rs 1500 per month.

The amount will be transferred to the guardians/caretakers of these children’s bank accounts until they reach the age of 18. If the child has been adopted, no aid will be provided.

The recipients will be covered by the state government’s Biju Swasthya Kalyan Yojana, which will provide them with free medical services as well as a central/state food security scheme.

Such children can also continue their education in the schools where they were enrolled before to their parents’ deaths. If the relative who has taken responsibility resides elsewhere, schooling arrangements will be made. The state government will assist in the admission of such children to Adarsh Vidyalayas or Central Schools if necessary. Under the Green Passage programme, the state government will help these children pursue higher education.

To protect children’s property, a district’s child welfare committee will work with the local tehsildar and police.

Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik has urged officials to take all necessary measures to ensure that no eligible child is left out of the programme. Every year, the chief minister has asked all district collectors to start a special push to identify real beneficiaries.


Written By: Swati Sahoo


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