New Delhi: The Delhi government’s program to provide financial assistance to the families of those who have died from Covid-19 was notified on Tuesday.
The program – Mukhya Mantri Covid-19 Pariwar Aarthik Sahayata Yojana – will provide monthly financial assistance of ₹2,500 to the families of those who have lost their income member as well as a one-time compensation ₹50,000 if a member has died from Covid-19. These benefits will be in addition to the Delhi government’s current social protection scheme, such as the old age pension and widow’s pension.
“The government will also consider having only one member of the affected family enlisted as a civil defense volunteer. In addition to this, the state claims to take care of the health and education needs of dependent children in accordance with the policy in force, ”reads the notification, a copy of which is with HT.
The notification also stated that if a family is only survived by minor children, the applicant or beneficiary will be the foster parent or guardian who has been declared a fir tree under the provisions of the Juvenile Justice Act by the Child Protection Committee. The financial assistance will be transferred to the common bank account in the name of the minor child and the foster parent or guardian, he said.
On June 20 (Sunday), HT reported that the Delhi government had released the Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) for family sponsorship of children who have lost their parents or their guardians are unable to support them financially. With this, Delhi officially opened the foster or sponsorship system, which had been on hold for almost six years despite being mandated under the Juvenile Justice (Care and protection of children).
Tuesday’s notification stated that to claim this financial assistance, the death had to be certified as a ‘Covid death’ according to Home Office data or the death should have occurred within one month of the positive Covid-19 test. . He said such deaths will also need to be verified by the state health department as deaths from Covid.