MUMBAI: After announcing welfare measures for Covid orphans, the Maharashtra government has launched a special initiative to provide relief to women who have lost their husbands due to Covid.
Women and Child Development (WCD) Minister Yashomati Thakur said, “The department will bring together 18 schemes and services will be provided to these widows under one roof.”
According to preliminary estimates there are over 15,000 women who have lost their husbands to Covid-19 since March 2020 and to assist them, ‘Mission Vatsalya’ has been launched. This will focus on widows from rural areas and deprived backgrounds. Officials from the dept, child development officers and anganwadi workers have started to reach out to these women and so far, have reached out to 10,500 women.