Chennai: The district child protection units in Tamil Nadu identified about 1,400 children who were orphaned or lost one parent to Covid-19 since last year. While the government has announced Rs 5 lakh for orphaned kids or children who lost one parent to Covid. But, the kids who lost their parent(s) to post Covid complications are left in the lurch.
According to the reports by the National Commission of Protection for Child Rights (NCPCR) produced in front of the Supreme Court, in the span of 14 months since the pandemic started, there have been some 30,000 children across the country who lost their parents to the deadly virus.
According to the Times of India, in the case of Tamil Nadu, the NCPCR affidavit mentioned 802 children who lost their parent(s) but the reports didn’t match because many children were not produced before the welfare committee. The apex court ordered the Bal Swaraj Portal sector of Tamil Nadu to provide proper information relating to orphaned children or those who lost one parent.
“Only when the child welfare committees put out proper details about the children losing their parents to Covid-19, we can link the beneficiaries to the children welfare schemes. We want to make sure we are giving importance to all these children equally and need to take care of them,” said NCPCR chairperson Priyank Kanoongo as quoted by Times of India.
With the help of local authorities and civil society groups, it will be easy to identify such children without being biased and to equally help them all, said a social defence department.