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“Be Grateful…”: Prashant Kishor’s Dig At PM-Cares Covid Children Relief

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Prashant Kishor sarcastically stated the PM CARES assist was one other “typical masterstroke”. (File)

New Delhi:

Election strategist Prashant Kishor right now attacked the PM CARES support introduced by Prime Minister’s Narendra Modi’s Workplace (PMO) for youngsters who’ve misplaced each their mother and father to the COVID-19 pandemic. He deployed sarcasm to suggest that these have been mere guarantees at a time when the minors wanted rapid assist.

“One other typical masterstroke by Modi Sarkar, this time redefining empathy and care for youngsters ravaged by Covid and its catastrophic mishandling,” Mr Kishor tweeted.

“As a substitute of receiving much-needed assist now, the youngsters ought to really feel optimistic a few promise of stipend once they flip 18,” he stated citing a press launch asserting the PM CARES assist.

The PMO launch, issued yesterday, had stated that India will assist kids who’ve misplaced their mother and father throughout the pandemic.

One of many measures introduced was a set deposit within the identify of the kid.

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“PM CARES will contribute, by a specifically designed scheme, to create a corpus of Rs 10 lakh for every little one when she or he reaches 18 years of age,” the discharge stated.

“The kid may also be given admission within the nearest Kendriya Vidyalaya or in a non-public college as a day scholar. If the kid is admitted in a non-public college, the charges as per the RTE norms can be given from the PM CARES…may also pay for expenditure on uniform, textbooks, and notebooks,” it stated.

A whole bunch of kids have been orphaned throughout the nation within the pandemic which has led to the dying of over 3 lakh individuals until now. Solely within the second wave of COVID-19, essentially the most devastating one, as much as 577 kids had misplaced each their mother and father until final week, based on the Centre. This determine is believed to be a gross understatement by many.  

The Supreme Court docket had just a few days in the past requested state governments to maintain the monetary and emotional wants of such kids.

Amongst different measures, the PMO introduced yesterday that every one such kids can be enrolled as beneficiaries beneath the Ayushman Bharat Scheme, with a medical insurance cowl of Rs 5 lakhs.

“The premium quantity for these kids until the age of 18 years can be paid by PM CARES,” it stated.

Mr Kishor, nevertheless, refused to purchase it.

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Having gained prominence for crafting PM Modi’s successful marketing campaign in 2014, he has since gone his personal method and teamed with the BJP’s rivals. Within the lately held meeting polls, Mr Kishor shared the credit for the Trinamool Congress and the DMK trumping the BJP in West Bengal and Tamil Nadu, respectively.

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