Uttarakhand Mukhyamantri Vatsalya Yojana 2021 for Children Orphaned due to COVID-19

The pandemic clearly has not been kind to several households. However, it has been severely unkind to many children who have ended up as orphans, as the contagion took their parents under its lethal wings. And while this can be very unfortunate for those children, governments are trying their best to offer these orphans a chance to create a life for themselves. First in line happens to be the Uttarakhand government who has launched the Uttarakhand Mukhyamantri Vatsalya Yojana 2021.

About the scheme

The Uttarakhand government has announced the Uttarakhand Mukhyamantri Vatsalya Yojana 2021, a scheme designed to specifically help Covid-19 orphans across the state. Through the implementation of the scheme, the state government will take care of the children who have lost their parents or the sole earning member of the family to this deadly virus.

The state government will make arrangements for the education and training of these children till they reach 21 years of age. Under the implementation of the scheme, the state government will offer an amount of ₹3,000 per month to each child who has become an orphan due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

In addition to this monetary benefit, the district magistrates have also been asked to ensure that their share of the ancestral property is not sold till they turn adults.  Orphaned children will be provided with 5% horizontal reservation in the Uttarakhand government jobs.

Help offered to orphans in different states

Several states and Union Territories including Andhra Pradesh, Punjab and Delhi, among several others have started similar schemes – intending to make help accessible to children who have had their lives turned upside down due to the onset of the pandemic. Even in Uttar Pradesh, Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath also announced that his government will take full responsibility for those children who have lost their parents during the second, deadlier wave of COVID-19 in Uttar Pradesh.

Disposal of biomedical waste to contain COVID-19 wave

With the onset of the pandemic, there has been an upward surge of biomedical waste, which, if not handled well, will do more harm than the disease itself. The state government has stressed the need for proper disposal of biomedical waste in these trying times. There need to be proper provisions in place to prevent black marketing of essential items and compliance to norms like wearing masks at all times when outdoors and social distancing should followed strictly.

Wrapping it up

Children have especially been on the wrong end of the crisis, as they have had their academics and household problems to deal with. And while those who have constant financial backing can make do with the resources available, those without parents will find it unimaginably difficult to get by. This intervention by the government is a response to cries for help, and it will go a long way in helping children get through these tough times. Through collective support and help from people and governments, such unfortunate crises can be mitigated, if not completely erased.

Similar Yojanas

Schemes launched by the state government

The state governments of India are the next important government bodies right after the central government of the country. The state governments constitute 28 states and 8 union territories

India is a democratic and republic country wherein highest authorities and powers are proffered to the central government. For the state government, real executive powers are given to Chief Minister as he is responsible for heading the Council of Ministers. The state governments of India work toward internal security, such as police department, social welfare, public health betterment and other similar state-related issues. The state government of the country earns its employee income from sales tax services, stamp duty services, and from some parts of GST.

The state governments have launched a variety of schemes so far. Some of the examples are as follows:

In Andhra Pradesh, Chandranna Bima Yojana, National Energy Efficient Agriculture Pumps Program, and Smart Pulse Survey have been launched. In Assam, Mass Rapid Transit System has been recently launched. In Maharashtra, Police Pratisaad Ask services and various schemes for the betterment of farmers have been launched. In Karnataka, PM Santwana Harish Yojana, and Housing scheme for Transgenders have been launched. In Uttar Pradesh, Deen Dayal Upadhyay Gram Jyoti Yojana, Hausla Paushan scheme, and Swadhar Greh yojana have been launched.

The state government of India monitors both rural and urban development. However, it is not feasible for the state government to monitor all rural and urban local government bodies. Thus, based on the provided funding and coverage, rural and urban local entities create development plan whenever required. These government entities work in close association with planning commission and local or regional government sectors and authorities.

Apart from these schemes, the state government also ensures the effective implementation of centrally sponsored schemes in respective states.