Haryana government has framed "jyotigramaya" policy for welfare of orphaned children in the state. An official spokesperson said the policy would mitigate the gap between orphans and state benefits.
He said the scheme would cater to two groups, including orphans till the attainment of 18 years and for those between 18 and 21 years of age who were drawing income at or below minimum daily wages as prescribed by the state government.
He said those identified as orphans would be given an orphan certificate by the revenue authority or local panchayat in rural areas and urban local bodies in urban areas.
He said children possessing these certificates would be given various facilities. They would be included in state Below Poverty Line (BPL) and would be entitled to get all the facilities therein by the food and supplies department, he said.
He said Unique Identification Authority of India would facilitate issuance of Aadhar cards to orphans possessing orphan certificate. Similarly, the election department would facilitate issuance of electors photo identity cards to orphans possessing a certificate.