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Punjab to give free education to Covid orphans, Rs 1,500 per month

Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh. File Photo

Chandigarh, May 20 (MNN) The Punjab government will provide free education till graduation to children orphaned during the Covid epidemic, apart from giving Rs 1,500 per month to them as well as families who lost their breadwinners.

The benefits would be available to the orphans till they turn 21.

Presiding over a Covid review meeting, the Chief Minister said that the beneficiaries would also be eligible for Rs 51,000 under the Ashirwad Scheme from July 1 and also entitled to free ration under the Smart Ration Card Scheme.

Health insurance would also come under the purview of the scheme.

The state government would help members of bereaved families to get suitable jobs under the ‘door-to-door employment and business mission’.

The relief to families who lost their breadwinners would be provided initially for three years, after which their situation would be reassessed and relief extended if need be.

The Chief Minister announced the formation of a Monitoring Committee under Social Security, Women and Child Development Minister to review relief operations and progress in every case. This committee would meet at least once in a month.

The Department of Social Security, Women and Child Development would be the nodal agency to implement the relief operations for Covid victims.

This committee would keep a record of affected persons and make them aware of the relief given to them. In addition, this committee will coordinate with the departments concerned until the requisite relief is available.

Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal had on Tuesday announced that children orphaned by Covid-19 would get Rs 2,500 each per month till the age of 25, apart from free education.

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