The Punjab government has launched an integrated child protection scheme in the state to provide a safe and secure environment for the overall development of children in need of care and protection.
The endeavour aims to bring several existing child protection programmes under one umbrella and introduce new initiatives, improve the wellbeing of children in difficult circumstances by reducing their vulnerability to situations and actions that lead to child abuse, neglect, exploitation, abandonment and separation, an official spokesman said in Chandigarh on Monday.
The Punjab government had signed an MoU with the Union ministry of women and child development, the spokesman said, adding that the central share of funds under this scheme would be released by the Union government in two installments every year.
The state government would transfer both its share and that of the Centre to the bank account of the child protection society.
The Punjab government had constituted child welfare committees in 20 districts and also a juvenile justice board in each district in accordance with the provisions, the spokesman said.
The Centre had sanctioned Rs 818.22 lakh to Punjab for implementation of the integrated child protection scheme in the state for 2011-12.
The central share of funds had been received for the construction of a children home in Patiala and observation home in Faridkot.
The state government has also recognised six NGOs as licensed adoption placement agencies within the country.