How many children orphaned due to Corona were given help by the Modi government? Smriti Irani gave the answer in Parliament

New Delhi: Women and Child Development Minister Smriti Irani informed Parliament on Wednesday that 3,855 children orphaned during the pandemic have so far been approved as eligible under the 'PM-Cares for Children' scheme. The Union Minister gave this information in response to a question raised by CPIM MP John Brittas in Rajya Sabha. Britas had questioned whether the government or any agency had prepared the number of orphans due to the corona epidemic.

Union Women and Child Development Minister Smriti Irani said in a written reply to a question in the Upper House that out of a total of 6,624 applications received for help under the scheme, 3,855 have been approved. According to the data shared by the Union Minister in Parliament, Maharashtra has received the maximum number of 1,158 applications, followed by UP at 768, Madhya Pradesh at 739, Tamil Nadu at 496 and Andhra Pradesh at 479.

When asked what steps are being taken by the government to help the children, the ministry said that it is giving effect to the Child Protection Service (CPS) scheme - a centrally sponsored scheme called Mission Vatsalya, under which the states and the Center Territories provide help to children in need of care and living in difficult situations.

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