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Prashant Kishor assaults PM CARES Aid To Children orphaned by Covid

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Prashant Kishor sarcastically stated the PM CARES assist was one other “typical masterstroke”. (File)

New Delhi:

Election strategist Prashant Kishor as we speak attacked the PM CARES support introduced by Prime Minister’s Narendra Modi’s Office (PMO) for youngsters who’ve misplaced each their mother and father to the COVID-19 pandemic. He deployed sarcasm to indicate that these have been mere guarantees at a time when the minors wanted quick assist.

“Another typical masterstroke by Modi Sarkar, this time redefining empathy and care for children ravaged by Covid and its catastrophic mishandling,” Mr Kishor tweeted.

“Instead of receiving much-needed support now, the children should feel positive about a promise of stipend when they turn 18,” he stated citing a press launch saying the PM CARES assist.

The PMO launch, issued yesterday, had stated that India will help youngsters who’ve misplaced their mother and father in the course of the pandemic.

One of the measures introduced was a hard and fast deposit within the identify of the kid.

“PM CARES will contribute, through a specially designed scheme, to create a corpus of Rs 10 lakh for each child when he or she reaches 18 years of age,” the discharge stated.

“The child will also be given admission in the nearest Kendriya Vidyalaya or in a private school as a day scholar. If the child is admitted in a private school, the fees as per the RTE norms will be given from the PM CARES…will also pay for expenditure on uniform, textbooks, and notebooks,” it stated.

Hundreds of kids have been orphaned throughout the nation within the pandemic which has led to the loss of life of over three lakh individuals until now. Only within the second wave of COVID-19, probably the most devastating one, as much as 577 youngsters had misplaced each their mother and father until final week, based on the Centre. This determine is believed to be a gross understatement by many.  

The Supreme Court had just a few days in the past requested state governments to handle the monetary and emotional wants of such youngsters.

Among different measures, the PMO introduced yesterday that every one such youngsters will probably be enrolled as beneficiaries beneath the Ayushman Bharat Scheme, with a medical insurance cowl of Rs 5 lakhs.

“The premium amount for these children till the age of 18 years will be paid by PM CARES,” it stated.

Mr Kishor, nevertheless, refused to purchase it.

Having gained prominence first as a part of PM Modi’s successful crew in 2014, the political advisor has since gone his personal approach and teamed with the BJP’s rivals. In the lately held meeting polls, he shared the credit for the Trinamool Congress and the DMK trumping over the BJP in West Bengal and Tamil Nadu respectively.

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