108 kids who lost a parent to Covid identified in Madurai | Madurai News – Times of India


MADURAI: The district child protection unit has so far identified 108 children who have lost at least one parent to Covid-19 in Madurai. With the process to verify 250 more beneficiaries going on, the numbers are expected to increase.
DCPU sources said the health department has given the list of about 1,100 people who died of Covid-19 in Madurai district. From this, 108 children who lost at least one parent were shortlisted. A few applications were received from candidates who did not figure in this list provided by the health department.
“We are in the process of verifying details of 250 more kids whose parents are said to have died of Covid-19. The age of the children is also being verified since the scheme is applicable only for children below 18 years.
We are yet to come across a child whose both parents have died due to Covid in Madurai so far,” an official of the district administration said. The shortlisted 108 children were produced before the child welfare committee and certified.
The state government has announced Rs 5 lakh as aid to children who lost both parents and Rs 3 lakh to those who lost one parent. A sum of Rs 3,000 per month will be given to the child if a guardian or relative comes forward to take care of him or her till the age of 18. Another official said that only families under the below poverty line (BPL) will be eligible to receive the aid.
In case both the parents have died, the child will be eligible to receive the aid irrespective of the annual income of the parents.
If one of the parents died and the family features in the BPL list available with the government, there is no need to submit an income certificate. If the family does not figure in the list, steps will be taken to ascertain if it is is eligible to be included in the list.

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