TN gov't provides Rs 430 crore for children who lost parents owing to COVID-19

The statement added that it has earmarked Rs 219 crore for protecting girl children
382 children in TN have lost both or one of their parents owing to COVID
382 children in TN have lost both or one of their parents owing to COVIDEdexLive Desk

The Tamil Nadu (TN) government has allocated Rs 430 crore for the welfare of children who lost their parents to COVID-19.

According to a statement released by the state government, it said that 382 children in TN have lost both or one of their parents owing to COVID and related complications. This was stated in a report by IANS.

The statement added that TN has earmarked Rs 219 crore for protecting girl children.

The state government will provide Rs 5 lakh each to these 382 children. An amount of Rs 19.10 crore was deposited in their names and the money would be available to them along with interest once they attained 18 years of age.

The single parents of 13,682 children aged below 18 received Rs 3 lakh each and nine children of Sri Lankan refugees also received Rs 3 lakh each. This came to Rs 437.46 crore.

The statement said that differently-abled persons and transgenders could save Rs 1,000 per month due to free travel in public buses announced by the government. It is also providing Rs 1,000 to 2.73 lakh female students under the Pudhumai Pen scheme.

The Tamil Nadu Chief Minister’s Breakfast Scheme has benefitted 18.50 lakh students.

A study by the Tamil Nadu State Planning Commission showed that after the scheme was implemented, there has been an increase in classroom attendance.

The statement said that under the order passed on November 9, 2021, around 25% of the vacancies in Anganwadis had been filled by widows and women abandoned by their husbands.

According to the state government, 1,26,637 women had received Rs 1,047 crore in financial aid for marriage expenses. Of them, 68,927 received gold coins of eight grams each, along with financial help.

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