Shillong, May 30: Thirteen children from Meghalaya will be availing benefits under the PM CARES for Children Scheme.
In East Khasi Hills district four children benefitted from the scheme, West Khasi Hills- two, West Jaintia Hills- two, East Jaintia Hills- three and Ri-Bhoi-two.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi released benefits under PM CARES for Children Scheme today via video conference.
Assistant Director (CNCP), Social Welfare department, East Khasi Hills, Lulu Lyngdoh said that the PM CARES scheme for children is meant for the ones who have lost their parents to COVID-19. He said that the District Child Protection Officer, along with the health department, helped in identifying the children.
The District Child Protection Officer, Jowai also informed that the two children hailed from West Jaintia Hills District and they, along with their guardians and Additional Deputy Commissioner, Jowai, Smt. R.D Kynjing, District Child Protection Officer, District Child Protection Unit, Jowai joined the event virtually today.
The objective of the scheme is to ensure comprehensive care and protection of children who have lost their parent(s) to COVID pandemic, in a sustained manner, enable their wellbeing through health insurance, empower them through education and equip them for self-sufficient existence with financial support of Rs.10 lakh on attaining 23 years of age.
Under the scheme Ayushman Health Cards are also given to children wherein free facility of treatment up to Rs. 5 lakh will also be available for them.