The Delhi Commission for Women (DCW) has marked 791 women who were widowed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and it has placed details to the city government to assure their rehabilitation. The Commission has also performed a social survey of all these women to support the government in the rehabilitation process.
The social survey was carried out on the grassroots level by the DCW through its Mahila Panchayat network. The Delhi government has implemented the “Mukhyamantri Covid-19 Pariwar Aarthik Sahayata Yojana” under which a compensation of Rs 50,000 will be furnished to those who have lost a family member to coronavirus.
The policy also provides for an additional Rs 2,500 pension per month if the deceased was the sole breadwinner. The social survey performed by the DCW will enhance the access of the identified women to the benefits of this plan. The Commission is still recognising other women who were widowed during Covid pandemic and will submit additional lists to the government, it added.
As per the survey report, 774 (97.85 percent out of 791 women) have at least one child while 360 women have three to five children. If located, 30 women have more than five children.
From the list of recognised 791 women, 734, which accounts for 92.79 per cent, are in the age bracket of 18-60 years, while the rest are senior citizens. Nearly 191 women fall in the age range of 18-35, the survey found.
Among the 791 women, 721 are housewives, while the rest work as domestic workers, labourers, small business owners and private and government employees. Nearly 28.57 per cent of the females have no source of income while almost 60 per cent women have a monthly income of less than Rs 15,000, it said. It was also recognised that 597 women had not been vaccinated till the date of survey.
“The Commission strongly believes that it is very crucial to get these females vaccinated on priority. The Commission has advised the government to issue an order to the district magistrates to get these women vaccinated,” the DCW said.
The commission said the policy by the Delhi Government will come in very useful for the rehabilitation of these women and the welfare must reach them. DCW Chief Swati Maliwal said, “We got our Mahila Panchayat groups to go door-to-door to pinpoint women who got widowed and were able to spot 791 such women.
We are sending a detailed social survey report to the government so that the welfare of the scheme can be distributed to these women. Also, these women should be vaccinated on priority.”