News Desk, Amar Ujala, New Delhi
Published by: Surendra Joshi
Updated Mon, 07 Jun 2021 07:24 PM IST
Many families have been orphaned by the corona pandemic. The children will have to bear the biggest brunt of this, because the shadow has lifted from their heads. According to the information given in the Supreme Court, Maharashtra has the maximum number of children orphans, while UP is at number two.
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The National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR) gave this information to the Supreme Court. 274 children have been found abandoned in child protection centers across the country. Including these, the total number of children registered on the portal is 30,071. The commission has registered the children on the ‘Bal Swaraj’ portal after collecting the information from the states and union territories.
These children include children who have lost either their parents or either of the parents. Maharashtra has reported the maximum number of 7084 cases among the states. Uttar Pradesh is in second place, where 3172 cases have been reported. 2482 cases have been reported in Rajasthan.
Outline of relief for orphaned children from PM Cares Fund: Center
On the other hand, the Central Government on Monday told the Supreme Court that it needs more time to frame the relief scheme for the children orphaned due to Kovid-19 under the PM Cares Fund.
The Center told a special bench of Justices L Nageswara Rao and Aniruddha Bose that the exercise is on to prepare the draft plan in this regard. Additional Solicitor General Aishwarya Bhati, on behalf of the Central Government, told the bench that talks are going on with the stakeholders about how relief can be given to the children orphaned due to Kovid from the PM Cares Fund.
Supreme Court gave time to the Center
Bhati said that talks are going on in detail with the state governments as well. So we need some more time to answer this. Accepting Bhati’s request, the bench granted more time to the government to finalize the work.
Bengal and Delhi not putting information on portal: NCPCR
At the same time, during the hearing, Additional Solicitor General KM Natraj, appearing for NCPCR, said that there is a problem in West Bengal and Delhi, as the respective state governments are not putting the data of orphan children on the ‘Bal Swaraj’ portal. At the same time, the counsel for the Delhi government said that their data is provided by child welfare committees. Whereas in other states, collectors provide the data and from there it is uploaded on the portal.