Following an increase in the number of orphaned children as a result of the raging COVID-19 pandemic, Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan announced on Thursday that children who lost their parents or guardians to COVID will be provided with free education and a monthly pension of Rs 5,000. In addition, the chief minister stated that the state will provide loans with government guarantees to people who want to work.
Shivraj Singh Chouhan, Chief Minister of Madhya Pradesh, stated, “We will give Rs 5000 per month pension to children who have lost their parents/guardians in this COVID pandemic. We’ll also arrange free education for these children and free ration for these families.” The chief minister went on to say, “We will grant loans to these families on govt guarantee to people who want to work.”
We will give Rs 5000 per month pension to children who have lost their parents/guardians in this COVID pandemic. We'll also arrange free education for these children & free ration for these families: Madhya Pradesh CM Shivraj Singh Chouhan pic.twitter.com/axG5JLZnGe
— ANI (@ANI) May 13, 2021
Madhya Pradesh reported 8,970 new cases of COVID-19 and 84 fatalities on May 12, bringing the state’s infection total to 7,00,202 and death toll to 6,679, according to the state health department.