Bengaluru: The second wave of the pandemic has dealt a severe blow to India.

Several people have lost their lives while several others have lost their livelihoods. 

The plight of several children is also bad. 

Some of these kids have lost their parents and have been left orphaned. 

Now, with a view to helping such kids, the Uttarakhand government has created a scheme. Called Mukhyamantri Vatsalya Yojana, government in the state will arrange for the maintenance and education of such children till they attain the age of 21 years. 

Additionally, the government will also take the responsibility to get them employed once they turn 21. 

OpIndia notes that the children will be paid an allowance of Rs 3,000 per month under the scheme. Moreover, nobody will be allowed to sell the ancestral properties of the children who have lost their parents to the Covid-19 pandemic. The DC of the respective districts will be responsible for ensuring this.

The act also provides for 5% horizontal reservation for such children in employment, the CM informed.

It is also interesting to note that the government has further taken upon itself that it will also take the responsibility of those children who have lost an earning member in their family.  

They too will be paid an allowance of Rs 3000 per month by the Uttarakhand govt.

Reports state that till now, more than 5500 persons have lost their lives to the pandemic in Uttarakhand. As of May 22, the state has more than 63000 active cases, which has shown a declining trend for the last one week after reaching a peak of 80000 during the second wave.