BHOPAL: Chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan said on Friday that no child will remain an orphan in the state and every child will have a guardian.
Not only such children whose parents have passed away due to Covid-19, but for all those children who are destitute, the government will make arrangements for their food, education and living.
Chouhan directed the officials that a new scheme should be prepared to ensure care of all such children in the state.
The CM said, the priority should be to find the guardians of such children, arrangements for stay in their stay in government institutions should be made for those children who do not have guardians.
It was informed in the meeting that from March 2021 till date, 2,457 children have been rendered destitute in the state. Of these, 714 children do not have parents,1,536 children do not have one of their parents and 207 children are abandoned. Assistance has been given to 329 children under the ｀Covid Bal Upchar Yojana¨ and 939 children under the sponsorship and Foster Care Scheme. Remaining 1,189 children will be provided early assistance.
The CM said, exact number of children in need of help in state will be ascertained by conducting a survey and an integrated new scheme should be prepared for their care, so that every children be properly looked after. Earlier, chief minister Chouhan said that the Corona pandemic is under control to a great extent in the state. The weekly positivity rate has come down to less than1% in about 50 districts of the state, and daily new cases have come down to less than 400. The recovery rate has gone up to 98.2%. The state ranks 23rd in the country in terms of Corona infection.
Reviewing the Covid-19 situation in the state he said there should be no laxity in vigilance. Everyone should wear masks, maintain mutual distance and take all other precautions. Chouhan said that contacts of every Corona patient should be traced and it should be ensured that no infected person is missed out. “Micro containment areas” should be created even if there are just one or two cases, so that infection does not spread. He further said that work is underway to increase beds, lay oxygen pipelines and set up oxygen plants for strengthening health services in all the districts. In-charge ministers should inspect these works in their districts and ensure their best quality.