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Lancet Article Sophisticated Trickery Intended To Create Panic Among Citizens, Divorced From Truth And Ground Reality: Ministry Of Women And Child Development

Posted On: 02 MAR 2022 6:42PM by PIB Delhi

The Ministry of Women and Child Development finds the Lancet article dated February 24, 2022 giving estimates of children affected by Covid-19 associated orphanhood very surprising and contrary to field data in this regard. Lancet has reported that more than 19 Lakh children have lost their primary caregivers due to covid in India. There is no doubt that the researchers have used sophisticated methodology to estimate the numbers about children, who have lost their primary caregivers, but these findings have no correlation with ground reality in India as reflected from field findings. As per field data coming from the States/UTs and being compiled as per the directions and monitoring of Hon’ble SC, the numbers for India are about 1.53 Lakhs.

Hon’ble Supreme Court of India in SMWP no. 4/2021 had directed all the States/UTs to identify each and every child who has lost one or more of their parents or have been abandoned during Covid due to any reason (Covid or otherwise) during the pandemic period. The loss of parent could have been due to Covid, natural, unnatural, or from any other cause during the period of pandemic. National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR) furtherance to its function as a monitoring authority under section 109 of the Juvenile Justice Act, was asked to set up a portal called “Bal Swaraj” where this data has to be uploaded. Accordingly, NCPCR has been continuously tracking all the children who have lost their parents (either one or both) due to any reason and children who have been abandoned since 1st April, 2020. The data/information of each child is captured, verified and examined so as to extend proper care, protection and benefits to all such children. So far, 1,53,827 children have been registered on the portal including 1,42,949 children with single parent, 492 abandoned children and 10,386 children who have lost both their parents. Annexure-I shows State/UT wise breakup of these figures as on 15th February, 2022.

All States/UTs have been directed to upload the data of all such children on the portal. NCPCR examines the data being filed on the portal and necessary communications are established with the district and State level authorities on regular basis.  In compliance to the judgement of Hon’ble Supreme Court, NCPCR also files affidavits on regular basis to update the Hon’ble Court. The Commission has made certain recommendations for the State Government and the other relevant authorities to ensure the welfare and well-being of children.

Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi, on 29th May, 2021, had announced comprehensive support for children who have lost both their parents due to COVID 19 pandemic. 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 on reaching 23 years of age. All eligible children can be enrolled till 28th February, 2022 to avail benefits of PM CARES for Children Scheme. The scheme covers all children who have lost: i) Both parents or ii) Surviving parent or iii) legal guardian/adoptive parents/single adoptive parent due to COVID 19 pandemic, starting from 11.03.2020 the date on which WHO has declared and characterized COVID-19 as pandemic till 28.02.2022. To be entitled to benefits under this scheme, the child should not have completed 18 years of age on the date of death of parents.

The PM CARES for children scheme inter-alia provides support to these children through convergent approach, gap funding for ensuring education, health, monthly stipend from the age of 18 years, and lump sum amount of Rs. 10 lakhs on attaining 23 years of age. So far, 4196 children have been identified and approved for obtaining the benefits of PM Cares for Children Scheme.

Annexure-I

Details of Children who have lost their Parents or Guardians

due to COVID or any other cause

 

State/UT

Orphan

Single Parent

Abandoned

Total

Andaman & Nicobar Islands

7

267

0

274

Andhra Pradesh

418

8445

4

8867

Arunchal Pradesh

41

356

0

397

Assam

160

1918

1

2079

Bihar

313

2002

0

2315

Chandigarh

12

145

0

157

Chhattisgarh

156

318

10

484

Dadra & Nagar Haveli and Daman & Diu

16

312

0

328

Delhi

318

6438

1

6757

Goa

8

76

0

84

Gujarat

1210

13724

0

14934

Haryana

127

3582

3

3712

Himachal Pradesh

152

3074

3

3229

Jammu & Kashmir

23

637

0

660

Jharkhand

141

1319

2

1462

Karnataka

573

4512

13

5098

Kerala

113

3673

29

3815

Ladakh

2

112

0

114

Lakshadweep

1

71

0

72

Madhya Pradesh

1794

5509

359

7662

Maharashtra

718

19707

4

20429

Manipur

20

261

3

284

Meghalaya

18

111

6

135

Mizoram

13

140

0

153

Nagaland

9

142

5

156

Odisha

1617

24697

4

26318

Puducherry

12

377

0

389

Punjab

71

1377

0

1448

Rajasthan

714

6098

18

6830

Sikkim

0

36

0

36

Tamil  Nadu

339

11567

2

11908

Telangana

253

2044

1

2298

Tripura

17

45

1

63

Uttar Pradesh

554

9748

15

10317

Uttarakhand

156

3568

0

3724

West Bengal

290

6541

8

6839

 

Total

10386

142949

492

153827

 

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