J&K Governor NN Vohra has written a letter to the Union Minister for Women and Child Development and sought release of finances due in 2015-16 for implementation of the Integrated Child Protection Scheme (ICPS) in the State. The letter has also sought approval of the Ministry for establishing two new homes for children with special needs.
An official spokesman said a proposal for inclusion of J&K under the Integrated Child Protection Scheme (ICPS)— at an estimated cost of Rs. 27.92 crore—has recently been submitted for approval to the Union Ministry of Women and Child Development.
The Governor has directed that the matter should be "proactively pursued for obtaining the requisite approval to enable very early roll-out of the scheme in the State."
The ICPS is a flagship scheme for securing the Rights of Children and to contribute towards their well-being and to the reduction of vulnerabilities to situations and actions that lead to abuse, neglect, exploitation, abandonment and separation of children, the spokesman said.
"90% of the fund support for ICPS is made available by the Central Government, which provides a complete organization encompassing manpower, infrastructure and a number of other interventions designed for children in need of care and protection and also for those who are in conflict with the law. The Scheme also envisages setting up of State Child Protection Society and District Child Protection Units under the chairmanship of Deputy Commissioners; Child Welfare Committees at the district level; establishment of a State level Juvenile Justice Board and monthly support of Rs. 2000/- per month per child to destitute parents for the maintenance of their children," the spokesman added.