The Kerala government on Thursday announced ‘one-time’ financial support of Rs 3 lakh to the children left orphaned due to the coronavirus pandemic. Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan said immediate relief of Rs 2,000 per month will be issued to the children till they reach 18 years of age. The state government will bear the cost of their education till degree-level, the Chief Minister said.
“One-time financial help of Rs 3 lakhs will be given to the children who have lost their parents due to Covid-19. Rs 2,000 per month will be given to these children till they reach 18 years of age. The state government will bear the cost of their education till degree-level,” the statement read.
Minister for Women and Child Development Smriti Irani, quoting international and regional union reports, said about 577 children across the country were orphans after their parents were defeated by Covid-19 from April 1 to Tuesday.