Biren announces scheme for children orphaned by Covid-19

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Imphal: Manipur chief minister N. Biren Singh on Sunday announced ‘Chief Minister Gi Angangi Tengbang’ scheme to extend various assistance for children who have lost both their parents due to Covid-19.

The announcement was made while addressing the people of Manipur on the completion of 7-year of the NDA government under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

“As we are facing the pandemic, we have decided to focus on seva (service) instead of celebrating this milestone. On this momentous day, I am happy to announce the ‘Chief Minister Gi Angangi Tengbang’ scheme where we will be extending various assistance for children who have lost both their parents due to Covid,” Biren said.

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The scheme was introduced for children who have lost both the parents / surviving parent / legal guardians / adoptive parent and became orphan due to Covid-19.

Payment of financial assistance to Guardians/ Caretaker and assistance to orphan child

Children in non-iInstitutional care (with extended family/guardians) are supported with an amount of Rs 2000 per child under the existing Scheme for Child Protection. The amount of Rs 2000 is shared between Centre and State by amount of Rs 1800 and Rs 200 respectively. These children will be Included in the scheme in case they opt to be with their extended family/ grandparents/ guardians. State will supplement the amount of Rs 2000 with an additional amount of Rs 1500. Such children will therefore be assisted with a total of Rs 3500 per month, with Rs 1700 home by the state government.

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Protection of property rights

There will be exemption of stamp duty for registration of property (land) in the name of the orphans In respect of land property owned by their deceased parents. Land revenue will be exempted for such transferred land till the child attends the age of 21 years.

Children below 10 years who may not have an extended fancily/ a guardian child care institutions are supported by the government of India for which government of India provides Rs 2160 as maintenance grant per child per month. In case of those children who do not have an extended family/ grandparents/ guardian, they will be housed in one of the child care institutions.

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Ensure specific institutional care and education for Adolescent girls

Kasturba Gandhi Balika Vidyalaya (KGBV) are residential schools run by the Government of India. Gel children are given free of cost education here. In case of adolescent girls, preference will be given for education in KGBVs to ensure their sensitive care and proper protection under this scheme.

Laptop to students

Laptop will be provided as a one-time special assistance to such children, who are studying in Class XI or above or undergoing a vocational course after completing Class x.

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