7,000 rag picker children to benefit from Integrated Child Protection Scheme
BHOPAL: Grant for raising and protecting poor,
destitute, orphan and rag picker children has been increased. Women & Child
Development Minister Maya Singh informed that the recent decision will benefit
7,000 children. This number of children is temporary. More needy children will
also be provided benefit of this scheme from time to time.
The Women and Child Development Minister informed that
Government of India has revised fiscal norms under Integrated Child Protection
Scheme. The state government has also increased state share in the scheme.
The cabinet decision in this regard will entail
additional burden of Rs 66 crore 54 lakh 33 thousand by way of the state share
under the scheme during 3 years from 2014-15 to 2016-17.
The grant for providing food, lodging, clothes,
education, training and health has been increased from 750 per month per child
to Rs. 2000 per month. The amount spent on children’s bed has been increased
from Rs. 500 to Rs. 800 per annum per head.
Similarly, the amount given under foster care scheme
has been increased from Rs. 750 to Rs. 2000 for the parentless children being
brought up by relatives. Under sponsorship scheme, this amount has been
increased from Rs. 1000 to Rs. 2000 per month if a child not having family or
any relative is raised by any member of society. Revision of fiscal norms will
also benefit 667 contractual workers.
Under the scheme, 7 shelter homes are being run
including infant, child homes, Juvenile Homes and Open Shelter Homes etc.
Besides, foster-care and sponsorship schemes are also under implementation. All
these institutions are benefiting about 7000 children.