Kejriwal announces free education, pension to children orphaned by COVID-19

Kejriwal announces free education, pension to children orphaned by COVID-19

He said the families where the breadwinner died will also be given a monthly pension of Rs 2,500 besides the ex-gratia.

Delhi government will provide a monthly pension of Rs 2,500 and free education to children orphaned by coronavirus pandemic, till they attain the age of 25 years, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal announced on Tuesday.

He said the families where the breadwinner died will also be given a monthly pension of Rs 2,500 besides the ex-gratia.

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“If husband dies, pension will be given to the wife, if wife dies it will be given to the husband. If an unmarried person dies, the pension will be given to his/her parents,” the chief minister said.

Every family that has had a death due to COVID-19 will be given Rs 50,000 each as ex-gratia, he added.

All these announcements will be implemented after they are approved by the Delhi Cabinet, he said.

Meanwhile, the national capital reported 4,482 cases, lowest since April 5, and 265 fatalities on Tuesday while the positivity rate dropped to 6.89 per cent.

The COVID-19 situation has been improving in Delhi with the number of cases and positivity rate going down steadily over the past few days. Medical experts have attributed the lockdown as the main factor behind the dip amid the second wave of the pandemic.

At 6.89 percent, the positivity rate is the lowest since April 7 when it stood at 6.1 percent. The number of new infections is the lowest since April 5 when 3,548 people were diagnosed with the disease, according to government data.

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