‘Nearly 100 children orphaned due to COVID-19 in Delhi’

An estimated 2,500 misplaced a mother or father, says Govt. information

About 100 children in the Capital had been orphaned whereas almost 2,500 misplaced a mother or father to COVID-19, from the time it assumed pandemic proportions until slightly after the conclusion of its devastating second wave, in accordance to Delhi Government statistics.

The Department of Women and Child Development (WCD) recognized over 250 orphaned children and over 6,000 children left with a single mother or father between March 2020 and August 16 this yr. Around 40% of them, in each classes, are understood to have been impacted by COVID-19.

In want of care, safety

Rashmi Singh, particular secretary-cum-director, WCD and Social Welfare, stated inquiries concerning all children recognized as having been orphaned had been accomplished and over 230 of them had been declared in want of care and safety. In single-parent circumstances, of the over 5,500 circumstances, over 5,000 had been declared in want of care and safety by the division.

“The mandate of the department is to identify and ensure that children found to be vulnerable for whichever reason must receive care and protection. The need to enhance the identification and a focused response towards such children was heightened due to the pandemic,” Ms. Singh stated.

“In addition to stepping up our efforts to identify them through existing means such as local intelligence, during the second wave, we went to the extent of making public appeals through garbage collection vehicles operated by various civic bodies, asking for help in finding children in need of assistance on helpline number 1098,” she added.

Ms. Singh underlined the necessity for group vigilance with the vulnerability of such children having been aggravated due to the pandemic in addition to the importance of connecting residents impacted by COVID-19 in a technique or one other with present welfare schemes.

The WCD has begun child-centric convergence-cum-facilitation camps the place stakeholders are introduced on a typical platform to facilitate completion of procedural necessities for entry to schemes and providers. These vary from opening of financial institution accounts of minors and declaring of guardians to Aadhaar enrolment amongst others. Such camps had been organised by the division on September 27 and 28 in any respect the Child Welfare Committees throughout Delhi.

According to the division, 167 financial institution accounts had been opened on the spot, together with 184 Aadhaar enrolments, apart from the facilitation of 1,800 children or households. More such camps, Ms. Singh stated, will probably be organised on a month-to-month foundation.

Jatin Anand , 2021-10-31 03:41:27

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