constitute principle assets of any country. Children’s Development is as
important as the development of material resources and the best way to
develop national human resources is to take care of children. India has the
largest child population in the world. All out efforts are being made by
India for the development and welfare of children. Significant progress has
been made in many fields in assuring children their basic rights. However,
much remains to be done. The country renews its commitment and
determination to give the highest priority to the basic needs and rights of
all children. Children are most vulnerable to exploitation and abuse. A
lot more has to be done for the health, nutrition and education of
children. It is unfortunate that girls in particular face debilitating
discrimination at all stages. Therefore, specific concentration is being
given to the efforts to improve the life and opportunities of the Girl
There are several constitutional provisions for children.
These include the following.
provides that the State shall not deny to any person equality before the law
or the equal protection of the laws within the territory of India.
provides that, “Nothing in this article shall prevent the State for making
any special provision for women and children.”
provide that no person shall be deprived of his life or personal liberty
except according to procedure established by law.
directs the State shall provide free and compulsory education to all
children of the age of six to fourteen years in such manner as the State
may, by law, determine.
prohibits trafficking of human beings and forced labour.
employment of children below the age of fourteen years in factories, mines
or any other hazardous occupation.
provides freedom of conscience, and free profession, practice and
propagation of religion.
Article 39(e) and (f)
provide that the State shall, in particular, direct its policy towards
securing to ensure that the health and strength of workers, men and women
and the tender age of children are not abused and that the citizens are not
forced by economic necessity to enter avocations unsuited to their age or
strength and that the children are given opportunities and facilities to
develop in a healthy manner and in conditions of freedom and
dignity and that the childhood and youth are protected
against exploitation and against moral and material abandonment.
envisages that the State shall endeavor to provide early childhood care and
education for all children until they complete the age of six years.
There are several Legislations pertaining to children. These
include the following.
Child Marriage Restraint Act, 1929.
The Child Labour (Prohibition
and Regulation) Act, 1986.
The Juvenile Justice
(Care and Protection of Children) Act, 2000.
The Infant Milk Substitutes, Feeding Bottles and Infant Foods (Regulation of
Production, Supply and Distribution) Act, 1992.
The Pre-Conception and Pre-natal
Diagnostic Technique(Prohibition of Sex Selection) Act, 1994.
6. The Persons with Disabilities
(Equal Opportunities, Protection of Rights and Full Participation) Act,
The Immoral Traffic (Prevention)
The Guardian and Wards Act,
9. The Young Persons (Harmful
Publications) Act, 1956.
The Commissions for Protection of
Child Rights Act, 2005
National Policy for Children, 22-08-1974
National Policy for Children was adopted on 22nd
Aug.,1974. This Policy lays down that the State shall provide adequate
services towards children, both before and after birth and during the
growing stages for their full physical, mental and social development. The
measures suggested include amongst others, a comprehensive health programme,
supplementary nutrition for mothers and children, free and compulsory
education for all children up to the age of 14 years, promotion of physical
education and recreational activities, special consideration for children of
weaker sections like SCs and STs, prevention of exploitation of children,
Government of India adopted the
National Charter for Children which
has been prepared after obtaining the views/comments and suggestions of the
State Governments/UT Administrations, concerned Ministries and Departments
and experts in the field. The National Charter is a statement of intent
embodying the Government’s agenda for Children. The document
emphasizes Government of India’s commitment to children’s rights to
survival, health and nutrition, standard of living, play and leisure, early
childhood care, education, protection of the girl child, empowering
adolescents, equality, life and liberty, name and nationality, freedom of
expression, freedom of association and peaceful assembly, the right to a
family and the right to be protected from economic exploitation and all
forms of abuse. The document also provides for protection of children in
difficult circumstances, children with disabilities, children from
marginalised and disadvantaged communities, and child victims. The document
while stipulating the duties of the State and the Community towards children
also emphasizes the duties of children towards family, society and the
Nation. The National Charter for Children was notified in the Gazette of
India on 9th Feb., 2004.
acceded to the
UN Convention on the Rights of
on 11th Dec., 1992 to reiterate its commitment to the cause of
children. The objective of the Convention is to give every child the right
to survival and development in a healthy and congenial environment.
is also party to the
Goals and the SAARC Conventions
on Child Welfare
Trafficking of Women and Children in SAARC Region.
Plan of Action for Children 2005 M/o of Women and Child Development has
prepared a National Plan of Action for Children 2005 after harmonizing the
goals for children set in the UN General Assembly Special Session on
Children held in 2002 and the monitorable targets set in the Tenth
Five Year Plan, and goals for children in related Ministries/Departments.
The Action Plan has been prepared in consultation with concerned Ministries
and Departments, States/Union territory Governments, Non Governmental
Organizations and experts. The National Plan of Action includes goals,
objectives, strategies and activities for improving nutritional status of
children, reducing IMR and MMR, increasing enrolment ratio and reducing drop
out rates, universalization of primary education, increasing coverage for
immunization etc. The Prime Minister’s Office is quarterly monitoring the
National Plan of Action for Children 2005 on the basis of eight parameters.
These are as under:
Reduce IMR to below 30 per 1000
live births by 2010.
reduce Child Mortality Rate to
below 31 per 1000 live births by 2010.
to reduce Maternal Mortality Rate
to below 100 per 100,000 live births by 2010.
universal equitable access and use
of safe drinking water and improved access to sanitary means of excreta
disposal by 2010.
100% rural population to have
access to basic sanitation by 2012.
to eliminate child marriages by
to eliminate disability due to
poliomyelitis by 2007
to reduce the proportion of
infants infected with HIV by 20 percent by 2007 and by 50 percent by 2010,
by ensuring that 80 per cent of pregnant women have access to ante natal
care, and 95 per cent of men and women aged 15-24 have access to care,
counseling and other HIV and prevention services.
Several Ministries and Departments of the Government of India
are implementing various schemes and programmes for the benefit of
children. Some of the Schemes and Programmes being implemented by the
Ministry of Women and Child Development are as under:
Child Development Services (ICDS) Scheme
The Ministry of Women and Child Development has
launched a new Creche Scheme w.e.f. 1.1.2006 by
merging the National Creche Fund with the Scheme of Assistance to Voluntary
Organisations for Creche for Working and Ailing Women’s Children
and also to revise the financial norms from
Rs.18,480/- to Rs. 42,384/- per crèche per annum. The Scheme
provides crèche services to the children of age group of 0 to 6 year, which
includes supplementary nutrition, emergency medicines and contingency. The
Scheme has been named as Rajiv Gandhi National
Creche Scheme for the Children of Working Mothers. These
crèches will be allocated to the Central Social Welfare Board, Indian
Council for Child Welfare and Bhartiya Adim Jati Sevak Sangh in the ratio of
80:11:9. The priority will be given to uncovered districts/areas and tribal
areas while extending the scheme to maintain balance regional coverage.
Eligibility criteria under the Revised Scheme has also been enhanced from Rs
1800/- to Rs.12,000/- per month per family. So far about 25605 creches have
been sanctioned including 5137 creches sanctioned under erstwhile National
Creche Scheme upto 20th Nov., 2006
Component of Prime Minister Gramodya Yojana
Nutrition Programme for Adolescent Girls
in 51 Districts
being implemented with additional central assistance given by the Planning
Commission, directly and indirectly contribute to promoting nutrition of
children. A National Nutrition Mission has been set up under the
chairpersonship of Hon’ble Prime Minister vide notification dated 31st
July 2003 with a view to enable policy direction to concerned Departments of
the Government for addressing the problem of malnutrition in a mission mode.
Programme for Street Children
is being implemented by the Ministry of Women and Child Development
specifically for those children who are on streets and homeless and include
the ragpicking and vagabond children. The Scheme aims at providing full and
wholesome development of children without homes and family ties. The
children without homes and family ties and children especially vulnerable to
abuse and exploitation such as children of sex workers and children of
pavement dwellers are the target group for this Programme. Financial
assistance is provided to the NGOs who are eligible and working for the
welfare of the street children, for Formal & Non-formal Education, Shelter
Home, Vocational Training to Children, Nutrition, health care, sanitation
and hygiene, safe drinking water, education and recreational facilities and
protection against abuse and exploitation.
Programme for Juvenile Justice:
The programme is being implemented by the
Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment with a view to providing care to
children in difficult circumstances and children in conflict with the law
through Government institutions and through NGOs. Some special features of
the scheme areas:
Establishment of a National Advisory Board on
Creation of a Juvenile Justice Fund.
Training, orientation and sensitization of
Judicial, administrative police and NGOs responsible for implementation of
Institutional care shall be used but only as a
last measure by enlarging the range of suitable alternatives.
Financial assistance to bring about a
qualitative improvement in the existing infrastructure.
Expansion of non-institutional
services such as sponsorship, foster care, probation etc as and an alternate
to institutional care.
The objective of the Shishu
Greh Scheme is to promote adoptions within the country and to ensure
minimum standards in the care of abandoned/orphaned/destitute children.
Grant-in-Aid upto a ceiling of Rs.6 lakh has been
provided per unit of 10 children in a Shishu Greh.
Examine and review the safeguards
provided by Constitution or any law for the protection of child rights and
recommend measures for their effective implementation
Present to the Central Government,
annually reports upon the working of those safeguards.
Examine all factors that inhibit
the enjoyment of rights of most vulnerable children and children in need of
special care and protection
Study treaties and other
international instruments and undertake periodical review of existing
policies, programmes and other activities on child rights and make
recommendation for their effective implementation in the best interest of
Undertake and promote research in
the field of child rights
Spread child rights literacy among
various sections of the society and promote awareness
inspect any juvenile custodial
home, or any other place of residence or institution meant for children for
the purpose of treatment, reformation or protection and take up with these
authorities for remedial action
inquire into complaints and take
suo motu notice of matters relating to,-
(i) deprivation of child’s rights;
(ii) non-implementation of laws for
protection and development of children;
(iii) non-compliance of policy decisions,
guidelines or and to provide relief to such children,
or take up the issues arising out
of such matters with appropriate authorities; and
Such other functions as it may
consider necessary for the promotion of child rights
Powers of the Commission include the following:
summoning and enforcing the
attendance of any person and examining him on oath;
requiring the discovery and
production of any document;
receiving evidence on affidavits;
requisitioning any public record
or copy thereof from any court or office; and
issuing commissions for the
examination of witnesses and documents.
forwarding any case to a
Magistrate having jurisdiction to try the same and the Magistrate to whom
any such case is forwarded shall proceed to hear the complaint against the
recommending to the concerned
Government or authority the initiation of proceedings for prosecution or
such other action as deem fit against the concerned person/s
approaching the Supreme Court or
the High Court concerned for such directions, orders or writs as that Court
may deem necessary;
recommending to the concerned
Government or authority for the grant of such interim relief to the victim
or the members of his family as the Commission consider necessary.
State Commissions for Protection of Child Rights
The Bill also provides that State Governments may constitute
State Commissions for Protection of Child Rights in their State and
designate a State level and other district level children’s Court in their
The Bill has similar provisions for State Commissions in
respect of their constitution, reporting, functions and powers.
With the alleviation of the status of
Department of Women and Child Development to an independent Ministry headed
by the Minister of State having independent charge it was necessary to
change the above provision to make the Minister in charge of the Ministry or
Department of Women and Child Development as the Chairperson of the
Selection Committee for the selection of the Chairperson of the National
Commission for Protection of Child Rights.
Hence, the Commissions for Protection of Child
Rights(Amendment) Bill 2006 was prepared which has been passed by both the
Houses of Parliament in the Winter Session.
The Commission will be set up once the above Amendment Bill is assented to
by the President which would enable the Ministry of Women and Child
Development to select the Chairperson and Members of the Commission for its
initiatives are being taken for constitution of the National Commission for
Protection of Child Rights. The Rules for implementation of the provisions
of the Act in respect for National Commission for Protection of Child Rights
have been notified on 31.7.2006. Ministry of Finance have also approved
certain number of posts for the National Commission. Initiatives have been
taken for appointment of Member Secretary and staff for the National
Offences Against Children(Prevention) Bill
Child abuse involves several aspects, such as, sexual
exploitation, economic exploitation, domestic violence, trafficking for
prostitution, corporal punishment at school, and others. Therefore, the
Ministry felt a need to have a dialogue on the issue so as to ascertain the
views from all quarters and to formulate a consensus in order to address the
issue more adequately and effectively. Accordingly few consultations have
been made with voluntary organizations and experts dealing with the
subject. It has been decided after consultation to constitute a small group
consisting of representative from Government, NGOs, legal experts and social
workers which will go into all aspects of the subject and after considering
all existing legal provisions and others available on the subject and
formulate a draft legislation to address all issues pertaining
to child abuse. After wide consultations a draft Bill for
Offences Against Children was prepared and circulated to the State
Governments for their comments and views. After obtaining the comments of
concerned Ministries and Departments a draft Cabinet Note has been referred
to Law Ministry for their vetting. The proposal will be placed before the
The key objectives of the endeavor would be to
analyse budgetary provisions on social sector, to identify the magnitude of
budgetary allocations made by the Centre/State Governments on schemes meant
for addressing specific needs of children, to examine the trend in child
specific expenditure etc. The main agenda for the exercise of child
budgeting is to review resource allocations
related to children; explore ways to increase budgetary allocations for
children; assess budget utilization rates for social sector and child
specific programmes, identify blockages and constraints to effective
utilization; identify methods for tracking expenditure and monitoring
performance to ensure that outlays translate into outcomes for children
Proposed Integrated Programme for Child
Services. As per the 2001 Census, there were 427 million children in
the country. There are millions of children living in the difficult
circumstances. The child protection programme in India is shared between
various Ministries, which have been implementing the schemes and programmes
to reach out to varied groups of vulnerable children with complex and
diverse needs. The important schemes and programmes for such children
include Programme for Juvenile Justice, Integrated Programme for Street
Children, Shishu Grih Scheme, Scheme for Working Children in Need of Care
and Protection, General Grant-in-Aid Scheme, CHILDLINE Service, Rajiv Gandhi
National crèche scheme for the children of working mothers, Pilot Project to
Combat the Trafficking of women and Children for Commercial Sexual
Exploitation in Destination Areas, etc. However, experiences with the
implementation of existing programmes and polices has brought out a large
number of shortcomings in the system.
In view of the gaps identified and recommendations and
suggestions received from various quarters it has decided to combine the
existing child protection schemes under one integrated scheme titled “Integrated
Child Protection Scheme”.
The proposed scheme aims to provide for care and protection of all the
children in conflict with law and children in need of care and protection.
It would involve steps to strengthen families and prevent them to breakup
leading children to become homeless and without care and protection. At the
same time, children already outside the mainstream need to be provided
support beginning from emergency outreach services to final rehabilitation
with their families/ society. Details of the Scheme are being worked out
which is proposed to be implemented in the Eleventh Plan.
OTHER ACTIVITIES OF CHILD WELFARE
Cooperation with UNICEF
UNICEF projects are being implemented in India
through Master Plan of Operations, which is an agreement prepared after
mutual consultation and consensus within the framework of Basic Agreement
signed between India and UNICEF in 1978. India is the largest Country
Programme of UNICEF in the world.
Programmes are being implemented through various Ministries and Departments
dealing with children which includes Ministry of Women and Child
Development, Department of Elementary Education and Literacy, Department of
Family Welfare and NACO, Ministry of Social Justice & Empowerment, Ministry
of Labour, Ministry of Information & Broadcasting, Ministry of Youth Affairs
& Sports, and Department of Drinking Water Supply (Rajiv Gandhi National
Drinking Water Mission).
The Ministry of Women Child Development is the
nodal Ministry for coordinating the implementation of the Master Plan of
Operations. The Ministry of Women and Child Development conducts periodic
review meetings to coordinate and monitor the implementation and expenditure
of the UNICEF programmes in India.
The total allocation for the last UNICEF-GOI
Programme of Co-Operation for the period 2003-2007 is US$ 400 million. An
additional funds of US $ 100 million has also been approved by UNICEF for
utilization in the current MPO period.
The current Master Plan of Operations for the
period 2003-07 was signed by GOI & UNICEF on 13th January, 2003.
The MPO aims to achieve the following
objectives: - (a) to empower families and communities with appropriate
knowledge and skills to improve the care and protection of children (b) to
expand partnerships as a way to leverage resources for children and scale up
interventions (c) to strengthen the evaluation and knowledge base of best
practices on children.
The programme contribute towards (a) reduction
in infant and maternal mortality (b) improvements in levels of child
nutrition (c) ensuring universal elementary education (d) enhancing child
protection (e) protection of children and adolescents from HIV/AIDS.
The major activities included in different
sectoral programmes are given below:
Child Development and Nutrition
Reproductive and Child Health
Child’s Environment: Water, Environment and
Advocacy and Partnerships
annually contributing an amount of Rs. 3.80 crore to UNICEF
The Ministry of Women and Child Development
organized a festival for women and children, Vatsalya Mela, from 14 to 19
Nov., 2006 at Cricket Grounds Taalkatora Gardens. The inaugural function on
14th Nov., 2006 was held at Vigyan Bhawan, in the presence of
Hon’ble Prime Minister. The National Child Awards for Exceptional
Achievements were presented to the 29 Awardee children on the occasion. A
list of the Awardees is enclosed. About 600 children participated in the
function which were brought by the voluntary organisation working for
children. These organizations were ICCW, Prayas, YWCA, Salaam Balak Trust,
Arushi Salaam Balak Trust, Deepalaya, Bal Sehyog, Anubhav, Don Bosco,
Ashyalayam, Asha Deep, Angaja Foundation and Butterflies. Two
organizations, namely, Amarjyoti and Akshaya Pratishthan brought the
disabled children of the function.
The Vatsalaya Mela was subsequently opened by
Smt. Renuka Chowdhury, MOS(WCD) in the evening of 14th Nov., 2006
for public. MOS(WCD), an exhibition on issues pertaining to women and
children was also inaugurated on the occasion which was organized by the
Ministry in collaboration with NIPCCD, UNICEF and UNIFEM which was one of
the attraction of the Vatsalaya Mela. The exhibition depicted various
initiatives taken by the Ministry for upliftment of women and children and
objectives and activities of institutions/Departments working under the
Ministry such as FNB, RMK, NIPCCD and CSWB. There were nearly 40 panels
which displayed the working of the Ministry and various themes relating to
women and children like young child, child protection, girl child, women’s
empowerment, nutrition, security for all, etc. The Mela remained open from 9
am to 12 noon for school children and from 2 pm to 8 pm for public for 6
days from 14th November to 19th November, 2006. About
300 children from Government Schools run by the Department of Education,
Delhi Government participated on each day from 15th to 17th
Nov., 2006. In addition on 18th Nov., 2006 children from two
Government run Children Home namely, Ujjawal Children Home and Nirmal Chaya
and five NGOs, namely, Angaja Foudation, YWCA, Butterflies, Salaam Balak
Trust and Bal Sehyog participated in the Mela. There were 150 children from
children homes and 150 from five NGOs. These children were basically the
street and working children supported by these NGOs. During this period
there were cultural programmes and other performances for children. At the
same time the children had opportunities for participation in various
activities such as on the spot painting, essay and story writing, GK and
aptitude test, debates and quiz, athletic and sports activities. There were
competitions for the disabled children as well. Various competitions were
organized for children who showed interest in essay competitions,
drawing/painting competitions, etc. The topics like child labour, national
integration, education for women , street children, importance of education
for girls, my mother, etc. were given in the essay competitions while themes
like mother and child, a village – nature scenery, condition of women in
villages, etc. were given for drawing and painting competitions. For
undertaking these competitions children were provided with stationery
items. There were talent hunt competitions which included dance, singing,
general knowledge, etc. The mela had facilities like music system and a
dance floor. Children were encouraged to come forward and show their talent
in these competitions. On the basis of the performances of the children
prizes were distributed which were selected by a group of Judges.
The evening hours, from 2 pm to 8 pm, of the
festival were devoted to women activities like cookery demonstration,
mehendi, rangoli, street play, pottery, talk show, counseling, quiz, health
check up, skill development, cultural programmes and others. All activities
were enjoyed by women folk. It was an opportunity for them to move out of
their houses and involve themselves in any of the activities of their choice
out of the variety of activities organized by the Ministry for them.
Exposure of Self Help Group Members towards potential items which can be
made at a low cost and with ease was made feasible through this Mela. Women
were also sensitized towards creative and skill development activities,
healthy living as also enhancing leadership and capacity building
qualities. The Mela facilitated the aim of increased participation and
promotion of positive portrayal of women.
In addition to above there were food stalls,
stalls of SHGs with their products for sale and exhibition, FNB exhibition,
MWCD exhibition, health checkups, counseling, Bioscope, Long stick men,
jokers, clowns, , mehendi kiosks, street play, folk dance, balloons, kite
flying, women helpline, childline, Giant wheel, joy rides, etc. There were
stalls by Child Line Foundation, Butterflies and Salaam Balak Trust
displaying information about their activities and products made by
children. The Child Line stall had a telephone line available throughout
the period of Mela on which one could access to toll free helpline 1098 for
immediate help of a child in need of care and protection. Lot of public
attention was attracted at the stall by playing Child Line Song on a regular
basis. The entry to the Mela was free for all. The festival was organized
to raise the profile of the Ministry and dissemination of schemes and
programmes of Ministry for women and children.
Ina function held in the Mela in the evening of
15th Nov., 2006 National Awards for Child Welfare and Rajiv
Gandhi Manav Sewa Awards were presented by Shri Janardhan Divedi,
Chairperson, Parliamentary Standing Committee. A list of Awardees is
attached. Shri Raghuvansh Prasad, Minister for Rural Development and Smt.
Kanti Singh, MOS for Industries also visited the Mela on 16th
Nov., 2006. Hon’ble Speaker for Lok Sabha also paid a visit to Mela to
encourage the children on 16th Nov., 2006. Celebrities like Mr.
Vivek Oberoi and Shri Kapil Dev also visited the Mela. On 19th
Nov., 2006 the Stree Shakti Awards were presented by MOS(WCD) in the
The mela was a grand success.
Voluntary Organisations for providing Social Defence Services
Under the scheme, assistance is given to voluntary
organisations working in the field of child and women welfare for innovative
projects and activities which are not covered in the existing schemes of the
Ministry of Women and Child Development. Under the Scheme in addition to
the innovative projects being sanctioned in the field of women and child
development projects are also sanctioned for combating trafficking in source
areas and destination areas. Rs. 39 lakhs have been utilised in the current
year till November, 2006 from the allocated funds of Rs. 45 lakhs for the
Child Award for Exceptional Achievement
National Child Award for Exceptional Achievement was instituted in 1996 to
give recognition to the children with exceptional abilities and who have
achieved outstanding status in various fields including academics, arts,
culture and sports etc.. Children between the age of 4 to 15 years who have
shown an exceptional achievement in any field including academics, arts,
culture and sports etc. are to be considered for this award. One Gold Medal
and 35 silver Medals (one for each State/UT) are to be given annually.
The Awards for the child with exceptional
achievement shall consists of :-
Gold Medal – 1 (One)
A cash prize of Rs.20,000/-
A Citation and certificates, and
A Gold Medal
Silver Medals – 35 (Thirty five)
Award money @ Rs.10,000/- for each awardee.
A citation and certificate for each awardee, and
A Silver Medal for each awardee.
The Awards for the years 2005 were
presented in a function held in New Delhi on the occasion of Children’s Day,
the 14 November 2006. The Awards were presented by Hon’ble Prime Minister in
the presence of Smt. Renuka Chowdhury, MOS(IC)(WCD).
National Award for Child
The Award was instituted in 1979 to honour five
institutions and three individuals for their outstanding performance in the
field of child welfare. The National Award for Child Welfare includes a
cash prize of Rs. 3 lakh and a certificate for each institution and Rs. 1
lakh and a certificate for each individual. The Awards for the year 2005
were presented in a function held on 15th Nov., 2006 by Shri
Janardhan Diwedi, Chairperson, Parliament Standing Committee attached to HRD
in the presence of Smt. Renuka Chowdhury, MOS(IC(WCD).
Rajiv Gandhi Manav Seva Award
This Award was instituted in 1994 to honour an
individual who makes outstanding contribution towards service for children.
The Award carries a cash prize of Rs. 1 lakh, a silver plaque and a
citation. The Award were increased to three from the year 2006 The Awards
for the year 2006 was presented in a function held on 15th Nov.,
2006 by Shri Janardhan Diwedi, Chairperson, Parliament Standing Committee
attached to HRD in the presence of Smt. Renuka Chowdhury, MOS(IC(WCD).
Forum on Children
A Parliamentary Forum on Children under the
Chairpersonship of Speaker Lok Sabha has been constituted to deal with all
issues pertaining to children. MOS(WCD) is one of the Chairperson of the
Committee. She gave a presentation before the Parliamentary Forum on
Children on 22nd May, 2006 on the Situation of Girl Child.
Several issues relating to girl child were discussed during the meeting.
Hon’ble Speaker, the Chairperson of the Forum agreed to take up the issues
relating to children in the House as and when occasion arise. He also
agreed to take up child budgeting as an agenda for the next meeting. In
another meeting of the Parliamentary Forum on Children held on 10th
Aug., 2006 under the Chairpersonship of Dy. Chairman of Parliamentary Forum,
Ms. Prema Carriappa on issues relating to child labour Swami Agnivesh
presented his views about the problem of child labour in the country. The
officers of the Ministry of Women and Child Development attended the meeting
and noted the suggestions made during the meeting.
Cultural Exchange Programme
Deputation of a Child Delegation to Mongolia
A Child Delegation from India attended an
International Seminar Camp “Tracing Nomads Pathways” organized by
International Children’s Center, Nairamdal, Mongolia from 1st to
8th August, 2006. Shri J.S. Kochher, Director, Ministry of Women
and Child Development led the child delegation consisting of nine children
from different parts of the country. The delegation also included five
children from JJ homes and disadvantaged groups. The children
performed before the audience during the festival. The performances
were appreciated by the audiences. A list of the child delegation is
Working Group on Development of Children
A Working Group on Development of Children under
the Chairpersonship of Secretary, Ministry of Women and Child Development
was been constituted by the Planning Commission for preparing the Eleventh
Plan. The Working Group held its first meeting on 31st July,
2006 and decided to constitute four Sub Groups in the fields of ICDS and
Nutrition, Early Childhood Education, Child Protection and Girl Child. The
Sub Groups prepared their reports and submitted to the Working Group in the
month of August 2006. The Working Group held its second meeting on 25th
Aug., 2006 and constituted a Drafting Committee for putting together the
reports of the Sub Groups and for preparing the final report of the Working
Group. The final Report of the Working Group has been sent to the Planning