Women & Child Development Minister Shri Rajendra Pal Gautam today inspected camps organised by the Child Welfare Committees in Delhi.  The special camps are organised to assist women in applying for various schemes under the Department of Women and Child Development. These schemes include the Laadli Scheme i.e. financial assistance for girls to pursue their education, widow pension, Delhi Family Benefit Scheme and Widow-Daughter marriage Scheme. 

Due to COVID-19 pandemic, many women faced the problem of applying for several government schemes online. Therefore, these camps are organised to assist them in their documentation and application for the above-mentioned schemes. Furthermore, the camps are also identifying and assisting children who lost their parent(s) due to covid – 19 in applying for the Mukhyamantri Covid-19 Parivar Arthik Sahayata Yojana. 

Earlier, it had come to the notice of the Minister Shri Rajendra Pal Gautam that many children who lost their parents due to Covid-19 are unable to apply for the scheme. It was decided by the Department to organise special camps for these children. Each Child Welfare Committee (CWC) along with the District Magistrate, DCPCR are identifying children who have lost their parents and are assisting them in applying for the financial relief scheme. The officials are assisting in the entire process of documentation which is required for applying without causing any hassle to the child. 

Shri Rajendra Pal Gautam said,  “the application process should be seamless. We aim to reach out to all children who lost their parents/guardians due to covid-19 and we will make sure that the child gets proper financial support from the Delhi Government. “

As of 28th September 2021, Delhi Government received 5935 applications for monthly financial assistance for Mukhyamantri Covid-19 Parivar Arthik Sahayata Yojana. Similarly, the government has received 11219 applications for one-time ex gratia 

A total of 2553 cases have started to receive the monthly financial assistance of Rs 2,500 while 5323 cases have received one-time ex gratia of Rs 50, 000. Sanction has been issued in 1431 cases for one-time ex gratia  To date, Rs 92,53,000 has been disbursed by the Delhi Government as financial aid to the beneficiaries.  Under the covid-19 financial assistance scheme, Rs 50,000 one time ex gratia is given to the family along with Rs 2500 monthly pension in case of death of a breadwinner.

(EW Correspondent)