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Yogi govt, teachers come to the aid of COVID orphans

Relief to guardians, Rs 4K monthly payment for kids

Lucknow University VC said, CM Yogi has become an inspiration for many teachers

LUCKNOW, June 16 (The CONNECT) - In yet another gesture towards children who lost their parents due to the COVID pandemic, UP Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has upwardly revised the help being given to children whose guardian's income is below Rs 3 lakh per year.

"For the legal or natural guardian, the annual income of Rs two lakh limit is very low, hence the monthly assistance will be provided to every child whose guardian's income is below Rs 3 lakh per year," announced the Chief Minister in a high-level COVID review meeting held on Wednesday.

Under the 'Uttar Pradesh Mukhyamantri Bal Seva Yojana', the state government will provide financial assistance to a child's guardian while those who do not have anyone to look after them will be sent to children's homes.

Taking care of the upbringing and education of children orphaned by Covid-19, a monthly financial assistance of Rs 4,000 will be given to a child's guardian or caretaker, till he or she attains adulthood, while those who do not have anyone to look after them will be sent to child protection homes.

The state government will also provide tablets or laptops to all such children studying in schools, colleges, or pursuing vocational education.

Children below 10 years who do not have any family member will be taken care of by the state government children's homes. Currently, such homes are functional in Mathura, Lucknow, Prayagraj, Agra and Rampur.

A minor girl child will be housed in Kasturba Gandhi Girls (residential) Schools run by the government of India or children's homes (girls) run by the state government.

In addition, the Yogi Government will also provide financial assistance of Rs 1,01,000 for the marriage of girls.

In another development, teachers of Uttar Pradesh have come forward to take responsibility for children orphaned due to COVID-19. The Vice-Chancellor and teachers of Lucknow University stepped to the fore for children who lost both the parents/earning parent to the COVID-19 pandemic.

So far, 75 students have been identified whose education expenses will be taken care of by the teachers.

Lucknow University Vice-Chancellor Prof Alok Kumar Rai said, “CM Yogi has become an inspiration for many teachers and in his footsteps, they have stepped forward to help children,” adding “It is only because of CM Yogi that Uttar Pradesh has become exemplary for other states by launching many welfare schemes.”

For the better education and the bright future of more such children, teachers from Lucknow, Varanasi, Prayagraj, Sultanpur, and other districts are also bearing the expenses of 1000 children.

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