Madan Mohan Mittal, health and family welfare, social security, women and child development minister, Punjab, on Monday informed that the state government had issued a grant of Rs 21.24 crore under the integrated child protection scheme (ICPS) to "provide an environment for the child's development".
The main objective of the scheme is to bring several existing child protection programmes under one umbrella and introduce new initiatives, contribute to the improvement in the well-being of children in difficult circumstances, reducing vulnerabilities to situations that lead to child abuse, neglect, exploitation, abundant and separation.
Mittal said the planning department had been allocated Rs 5.72 crore as state share and Rs 15.28 crore as central share for 2012-13. The minister said the state government had constituted child welfare committees in 20 of the 22 districts in the state and juvenile justice boards in each district under provisions of the Juvenile Justice Act. The state government has notified the district social security officer as the district child protection officer.