Wednesday 04th of July 2007 The government said Wednesday it had allocated Rs.101.6 million (Rs.10.16 crores) in 2006-07 for the welfare of street children under a programme that benefited as many as 32,931 kids without homes and family ties.
The Integrated Programme for Street Children includes the setting up of 24-hour drop-in shelters with facilities for night stay, safe drinking water, bathrooms, latrines, first-aid and recreation, an official release said here.
The programme also includes non-formal education and training facilities for meaningful vocations, trades and skills to enhance their earning capacity.
Under this scheme, grant-in-aid is released to several NGOs that work for the welfare of street children, the release said.
There are an estimated 15 to 18 million street children in India with 500,000 in the capital alone.