‘PM CARES for Children’ scheme

Ministry of Women and Child Development launches web based portal pmcaresforchildren.in to facilitate submission of applications, identification of children eligible to receive support under the ‘PM CARES for Children’ scheme.

About:

  • ‘PM CARES for Children’ scheme was announced by the Prime Minister Modi for supporting children who have lost both parents or surviving parent or legal guardian or adoptive parents due to COVID-19 pandemic.
  • The scheme aims to ensure comprehensive care and protection of children who have lost their parents to COVID pandemic, in a sustained manner.
  • It enables their wellbeing through health insurance, empower them through education and equip them for self-sufficient existence with financial support of Rs. 10 lakh, on reaching 23 years of age.
  • Fixed Deposit in the name of the child:PM CARES will contribute through a specially designed scheme to create a corpus of Rs 10 lakh for each child when he or she reaches 18 years of age. This corpus:
    • Will be used to give a monthly financial support/ stipend from 18 years of age, for the next five years to take care of his or her personal requirements during the period of higher education and
    • On reaching the age of 23 years, he or she will get the corpus amount as one lump-sum for personal and professional use.

     

    • School Education: For children under 10 years
    • The child will be given admission in the nearest Kendriya Vidyalaya or in a private school as a day scholar.
    • If the child is admitted in a private school, the fees as per the RTE norms will be given from the PM CARES.
    • PM-CARES will also pay for expenditure on uniform, text books and notebooks.

     

    • School Education: for children between 11-18 years:
    • The child will be given admission in any Central Government residential school such as Sainik School, Navodaya Vidyalaya etc.
    • In case the child is to be continued under the care of Guardian/ grandparents/ extended family, then he or she will be given admission in the nearest Kendriya Vidyalaya or in a private school as a day scholar.
    • If the child is admitted in a private school, the fees as per the RTE norms will be given from the PM CARES.
    • PM CARES will also pay for expenditure on uniform, text books and notebooks.

     

    • Support for Higher Education:
    • The child will be assisted in obtaining education loan for Professional courses / Higher Education in India as per the existing Education Loan norms. The interest on this loan will be paid by the PM CARES.
    • As an alternative, scholarship equivalent to the tuition fees / course fees for undergraduate/ vocational courses as per Government norms will be provided to such children under Central or State Government Schemes. For children who are not eligible under the existing scholarship schemes, PM CARES will provide an equivalent scholarship.
    • Health Insurance
    • All children will be enrolled as a beneficiary under Ayushman Bharat Scheme (PM-JAY) with a health insurance cover of Rs. 5 lakhs.
    • The premium amount for these children till the age of 18 years will be paid by PM CARES.

Eligibility:

All children who have lost

  1. Both parents or
  2. Surviving parent or
  3. legal guardian/adoptive parents due to COVID 19 pandemic, starting from 11.03.2020 till the end of pandemic, shall be entitled to benefits under this scheme.

Process:

      1. The District Magistrate to conduct a drive for identification of these children, with the assistance of Police, DCPU, Childline & Civil society Organisations.
      2. Gram Panchayats, Anganwadi & ASHA network may be sensitized to report such children to the CWC.
      3. Sufficient publicity about the identification drive may be made in local language, to inform general public in this regard and to encourage them to produce such children before CWC or report their whereabouts through Childline (1098) or DCPU.
      4. Children who have lost both the parents to COVID, requiring support under the scheme, may be produced before CWC by Childline (1098), District Child Protection Unit (DCPU) or any other agency or individual, within 24 hours of noticing the Child, excluding journey time.
      5. Applicationform for seeking support under the scheme, may be filled up by the child or caregiver or any other agency producing child before CWC
      6. CWC with the help of DCPU shall gather the facts regarding the Child who has lost both parents, including details of deceased parents, home address, school, contact details, credentials and annual income of extended family members, relatives or kith and kin. CWC shall verify the cause of death of the parents by way of their death certificate or by field enquiry. The information may be uploaded by the CWC on PM CARES for children portal, while submitting it for DM’s consideration.
      7. CWC may upload details of all children produced or reported to them by other agencies on the portal.
      8. After ascertaining the facts of each case, CWC may make its recommendations to the DM regarding the child,
      9. In case the CWC does not recommend a particular child, reasons should be recorded in the given space, for DM to take a view.
      10. Principle of ‘First in First out’ may be followed while processing the applications.
      11. DM may accept the recommendations of CWC or seek a review through CWC or DCPU. DM may make an independent assessment about every child recommended or not recommended by the CWC. The DM may be assisted by the Child Protection staff, Police, Childline or any other agency deemed fit for the purpose.
      12. After satisfying herself, DM may confirm the eligibility of the Child on the portal for the scheme. Decision taken by DM regarding the eligibility of a child under the scheme shall be final.

 

Source – pib

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