With both parents succumbing to the infection, an increasing number of children are becoming orphans, leaving their future in uncertainty and as a result, families are being torn apart.
The Madhya Pradesh government has announced that it will provide free education and a pension of Rs 5,000 per month to children whose parents died of COVID-19.
Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan said that the COVID-19 pandemic has severely hit many families. Children have lost their parents, while aged people are left alone as those taking care of them died due to the viral infection.
"We will provide education free of cost to the children who have lost their parents. They will be provided free ration even if they are not eligible for it," he said adding that "Our government will stand by such children and families and provide Rs 5,000 pension per month to them."
Chouhan said children who have lost their parents will the responsibility of the Madhya Pradesh government.
"They are the children of the state and it will look after them," the chief minister said.
The Madhya Pradesh Commission for Protection of Child Rights (MPCPCR) had said that it is going to start the process of rehabilitation of children who have lost their parents to COVID-19 next month.