Street children’s welfare scheme

Street children’s welfare scheme (MIC): The Ministry of Women and Child Development is implementing a scheme christened ‘Integrated Programme for Street Children’ for prevention of destitution and withdrawal of children from a life on the street.

Replying to a question by Surendra Nath MP in the Rajya Sabha yesterday, Minister of Women and Child Development Renuka Chowdhury said the scheme provides shelter, nutrition health care, sanitation and hygiene, safe drinking water, education and recreational facilities and protection against abuse and exploitation to these children.

The funds are mostly utilised through NGOs and educational institutions.

The Ministry utilised Rs.

1016.17 lakh through 83 NGOs and educational institutions in the country to cover 32,931 street children including 16,135 girls during the year 2006-07.Out of the amount, a sum of Rs.1.49 lakh was released to an NGO namely, Social Development and Rehabilitation Council (SDRC), Phouden Mamang Leikai, Thoubal for 100 beneficiaries including 49 girls in Manipur during the year.

During the last five financial years, the Ministry provided financial assistance amounting to a total sum of Rs.

29.82 lakh to four NGOs in Manipur namely, SDRC, Phouden Mamang Leikai, Thoubal; Manipur Voluntary Health Association, Wangkhei Ningthem Pukhri Mapan, Imphal; Manipur Mahila Kalyan Samiti, DM Road, Dewlahland, Imphal and Department of Anthropology, Manipur University, Canchipur under the project.

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