In a move to bring transformative shift in addressing the felt and unmet requirements of children in need of care and protection and also those in conflict with the law, the Central government has cleared funding for implementation of Integrated Child Protection Scheme envisaging establishment of Homes for Children with special needs at Srinagar and in Jammu.
Pointing out that a proposal worth Rs 27.92 crore for funding the ICPS has been accepted by Project Approval Board of the Union Ministry of Women & Child Development, an official spokesperson here said that the Centre has also agreed to consider state government’s request for upgrading at par with ICPS in terms of staff and infrastructure the existing Bal Ashrams and Children Homes managed by it in different districts. The former has also agreed to release a non-recurring grant of Rs three crore for financial year 2015-16, the spokesperson said, adding that State’s Secretary Social Welfare Sanjiv Verma attending the Project Approval Board meeting.
This followed a “personal letter’’ from State Governor N N Vohra requesting Union Minister for Women & Child Development, Maneka Sanjay Gandhi, for releasing the grant due in 2015-16 for implementation of ICPS in the state as also to accord approval for establishing two new Homes for Children with special needs in the state, the spokesperson pointed out.
Pointing out that implementation of ICPS is to be accomplished by creation of an enabling architecture in the districts and the state, the spokesperson said. To meet these objectives, ICPS embodies a number of interventions which are executed by well equipped district child protection units, juvenile justice boards and adoption resource agencies with an overall supervision by state child protection societies.
Consequent to the Central government’s sanction, the Governor has directed time bound action should be taken on all fronts especially for the setting up of Homes for Children with special needs, both at Srinagar and in Jammu, with progress reports sent to him every month beginning March 15.