Arving Kejriwal Delhi CM
The “Mukhyamantri Covid-19 Pariwar Aarthik Sahayata Yojana,” a social security plan for families afflicted by the coronavirus illness (Covid-19) epidemic, was inaugurated on Tuesday by Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal. According to Kejriwal, the Mukhyamantri Covid-19 Pariwar Aarthik Sahayata Yojana was created since Covid-19 claimed the lives of many children and families.
“India has seen two waves of the Covid-19 pandemic. The first wave was in 2020 and the second was in April this year. But in Delhi, this was the fourth wave. Last year, the first wave hit Delhi in June, second in September and third in September. However, the fourth wave was extremely severe. There would be very few families which didn’t get infected during this wave,” Kejriwal said while addressing the launch event virtually.
The Delhi government announced the initiative on June 22. Families who have lost friends and family to Covid-19 will get an ex-gratia payment of $50,000 as part of it. If the death was the family's primary earner, an extra 2,500 per month pension is available.
The bereaved and their heirs had to be from the national capital, according to the notice. “Death should be certified as Covid-19 death or death within one month of testing Covid positive and verified by the health department as Covid death,” it added.
On Tuesday, Kejriwal further stated that orphans, even those who have lost one parent to Covid and the second parent due to any other reason, will be provided with a monthly stipend of 2,500 rupees till they reach the age of 25. Representatives will pay visits to impacted families' homes and assist them with documents.
“I want to tell all such representatives not to conduct scrutiny of applications. If the families lack any documents, we will help them obtain them. We have to make sure that we make this happen. Don’t find faults with their documents... don’t make them unhappy, encourage them,” the Delhi CM further said.
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