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31 Indian states have implemented ‘PM CARES for Children’ scheme: ILO-UNICEF report

An ILO-UNICEF report on Social Protection for Children said 31 Indian states have implemented the national PM CARES for Children scheme launched during the pandemic with 10,793 full orphans (children who have lost both parents) and 151,322 half-orphans (children who have lost one parent) due to the pandemic taking the benefit of the scheme.

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Key findings of the ILO-UNICEF report:

  • 2.4 billion Children in this world need adequate social protection.
  • Nearly 1.77 billion children aged 0-18 years lack access to a child or family cash benefit, a fundamental pillar of a social protection system
  • Regional disparities
  • One billion children live in multidimensional poverty without access to education, health, housing, nutrition, sanitation or water.
  • Gender disparity
  • Children with disabilities or living in a household with a family member with a disability are more vulnerable to poverty.

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The report stated that 31 states in India had implemented the national ‘PM CARES for Children’ scheme. So far, only 4,302 children have received support from the scheme.

About ‘PM-CARES for Children’ Scheme:

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  • The scheme was launched on 29th May, 2021 with the aim to support children who lost both or surviving parent(s), legal guardian/adoptive parents or single adoptive parent to Covid-19.
  • The status of children in need of care and protection included orphans (10,094), lost either parent (1,36,910) and abandoned (488) taking the total to 1,47,492.
  • In the gender-wise break-up, out of the 1,47,492 children, there are 76,508 boys, 70,980 girls and four transgender.

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