The Delhi government on Tuesday notified a scheme to provide financial assistance to families who have lost their member due to COVID-19. According to the notification of the Social Welfare Department, under the Mukhyamantri COVID-19 Family Financial Assistance Scheme, financial assistance of Rs 50,000 will be given to every family that has lost a member due to COVID-19. Apart from this, a pension of Rs 2,500 per month will also be given to the families who have lost the sole breadwinner due to the pandemic.
The scheme was announced by Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on 18 May. He also promised free education and financial assistance to children who lost one or both of the parents.
The social welfare department’s notification reads, “The government is also contemplating to make one member of the victim’s family a civil defense volunteer. In addition, the state will also meet the health and education needs of the dependent children as per the extant policy.”
There is no age limit to apply for ex-gratia under the scheme. The notification said, “Both the deceased and the dependent should be from Delhi… It should also be certified that they died of COVID-19.”
In a digital press conference, Kejriwal had said on May 18, “Every family, which has died due to coronavirus, will be provided an ex-gratia of Rs 50,000.”
He had said, “There are also many families where the earning member died due to COVID-19. Such families would be given an ex-gratia amount of Rs 50,000 besides a monthly pension of Rs 2,500.”
He had said that children who have lost either of their parents or both to COVID-19 will also be provided ₹2,500 every month till the age of 25. Delhi government will also give free education to them.
Delhi COVID Updates
In the last 24 hours, 134 new Covid-19 cases were reported in Delhi, 467 were cured and eight deaths occurred. There was a marginal increase in cases compared to Monday when 89 new coronavirus cases were reported in the city. The city had recorded its lowest positivity rate of 0.16 per cent on Monday.
The total number of cases in the national capital has gone up to 14,32,778, which includes 1,918 active cases. Delhi had registered 1900 active cases on March 10 this year and today’s active case count is the lowest since then. According to the bulletin of the Delhi Health Department, the positivity rate on Tuesday was 0.2 percent.
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