Rajasthan’s State Social Welfare department has come up with a scheme to provide family atmosphere to growing orphans who are living in state-run orphanages. According to the scheme, interested families, issueless couples or relatives of orphaned children will be encouraged to take the responsibility of raising these children. And they would get an honourarium in return.
Since the experiment of keeping orphans in state-run orphanages has not proved very successful, the social welfare department has decided to introduce the new scheme. According to social welfare minister Madan Dilawar, each family which takes the responsibility or raising a child would be given Rs 675 per month and an additional Rs 2,000 every year. This incentive is expected to encourage the families who are willing to raise children but do not take the responsibility for financial reasons, the minister said.
Preference would be given to relatives and acquaintances and each family would get the assistance till the child turns 18. No family would be allowed to take more than two children but care would be taken to see to it that siblings are not separated.