Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Y.S. Jagan Mohan Reddy, on Monday, announced that his administration will make a fixed deposit of Rs 10 lakh each in the name of children orphaned by the pandemic.
"The fight against the second wave of COVID-19 pandemic has left many children unsafe and vulnerable, especially the kids who lost their parents due to the deadly virus. Understanding that the future of these kids are at risk, Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Y.S. Jagan Mohan Reddy has taken a crucial decision to work on creating the security of a fixed deposit of ₹10 lakhs for each and every orphan child," a statement from the government said, reports ANI.
The chief minister instructed officials to formulate a financial package with the banks for the fixed deposit.
The state, meanwhile, reported a record high of 109 COVID-19 deaths in the 24 hours ending 9 am on Monday even as 18,561 fresh cases were also registered.
In terms of overall positive cases, Andhra Pradesh is ranked sixth in the country but is at the fourth place in the number of active cases, government data said. In mortality, the state is ranked 18th.