Financial aid for BPL families of Covid victims: Eligibility criteria revised to limit beneficiaries


Rajesh Raveendran

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Alappuzha: In an implicit pursuit to limit the number of beneficiaries, the Kerala government has tweaked stipulations in the special financial assistance scheme for BPL families of who had lost the earning member to Covid-19.

As per the tweaks, if the individuals succumbed to Covid-19 is above the age of 70, then only the spouse is eligible for the assistance. If they are not alive, the assistance will be given to their children who are physically or mentally challenged.

Similarly, if the individuals succumbed to Covid-19 is below the age of 70, then only the spouse is eligible for the assistance. If they are not alive, the assistance will be given to their eldest son or daughter who is below the age of 21 and a dependent to the deceased. For ascertaining this, ration card can be used.

Those who are included in the BPL family list of local self-government can be provided with the special assistance. Likewise, if the family comes under the BPL family coverage when the income of the deceased person is avoided, then such families can be considered. The village officer concerned should investigate the matter on application and need to report it.

Earlier, as per the stipulations of the scheme, if an earning individual from BPL family succumbs to Covid-19, then spouse/child are eligible for special assistance. The tweak comes at a time when revenue department is getting ready for relief distribution after approval of applications. This in turn demands re-examination of the applications.

Notably, around 9,127 individuals have applied for the scheme which offers Rs 5,000 per month for three years. Among them, 325 applications were approved. While the rest are in different stages of the allied process for getting relief.

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