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WCD ministry to block funds to states

india Updated: Feb 08, 2007 02:40 IST
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Call it a Nithari impact. The Women and Child Development (WCD) ministry has threatened to hinder flow of central funds to those states failing to provide information about children to it immediately.

The ministry is preparing an inventory of children in remand homes, with NGOs or other organisations or the ones, who are missing. But, it found the response of most of the states 'casual'.  The states governments were recently asked to provide information about different categories of children. 

In a bid to stir the states into action, WCD minister Renuka Chowdhury, has written to all chief ministers asking them to furnish the information. Or else, her ministry would be forced to slow down release of funds, she said, in the letter.

She also outlined the need for a national inventory on children for proper monitoring of schemes for welfare of children in remand homes, on streets and child labourers.

Chowdhury emphasised that the Centre is coming up with a new scheme —Integrated Child Protection Scheme (ICPS) — for all children and the data will ensure that the needy children are benefited.
 
The WCD ministry had earlier received flak from the Supreme Court and other agencies for failing to implement Integrated Child Development Scheme (ICDS) properly. The reprimand was based on different UN reports stating that the malnutrition level of Indian children is even worse than the children in Sub-Saharan Africa.

Chowdhury is not willing to repeat the past mistakes. In the letter, she says, the ministry has received complaints against NGOs dealing with children but effective action is not possible in the absence of correct data. She has also asked the states to streamline its monitoring mechanism of implementation of schemes for children and funds allocated to NGOs.

Email Chetan Chauhan: chetan @hindustantimes.com

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