Gurdaspur Child Welfare Council chairperson Dr Bhavna Sobat Trikha inaugurated the Child Line 1098 project at Bal Bhawan here on Tuesday.
The project aims to save and nurture the children in distress. It will help children suffering from disease or is lost or is being exploited or is doing labour.
Trikha said the telephonic project would help curb the evils of child labour, child marriage and child exploitation.
Project director Romesh Mahajan said the project was the brainchild of Geru Balwari, who conceived the idea in 1996 to help innocent children.
He said furthering her project, the then MP, Maneka Gandhi, tabled the bill on Child Line Project in Parliament and got it passed. He said the project had a total of 291 centres across the country and Gurdaspur had today become the sixth district of Punjab to have the project.
He added that Amritsar, Pathankot, Jalandhar Ludhiana and Patiala districts had already been running the project.