In letter to PM Modi, Sonia Gandhi urges free education to children who lost parents to Covid-19



New Delhi: Congress’ interim President Sonia Gandhi on Thursday wrote to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and asked him to provide free education to children, who have lost either both or earning parents to Coronavirus disease that has claimed hundreds of thousands lives across the country.

In the letter, she said that the country owes its children to give them hope and provide a robust future after suffering from the unprecedented tragedy.  

“I am writing to request you to consider providing free education at the Navodaya Vidyalayas to children who have lost either both parents or an earning parent on account of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“I feel that as a nation, we owe it to them to give them hope for a robust future after the unimaginable tragedy that has befallen them,” Mrs Gandhi told the prime minister.

“These children are left with the trauma of loss and no support towards a stable education or future,” she said.

She suggested government could consider Central Navodaya Vidyalayas across the country for the same, while adding that creation of Navdoaya Vidyalaya across the country was her husband and former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi’s most significant legacies. 

“It was his dream to make high-quality modern education accessible and affordable to talented youth, predominantly from rural areas, she said adding that there are 661 such schools across the country. 

The Congress chief’s remarks came amid various reports that state children has been left without parents in the second wave of the pandemic.  

Meanwhile, Arvind Kejriwal government in Delhi has already announced to bare cost of children’s education who have lost parents to Covid-19. 

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