Fighting for the rights of reservation and special protection of orphans and abandoned kids, Inderjit Kaur, president, All India Pingalwara Charitable Society, said the home for the destitute would be taking up the matter with the ministry of social justice and empowerment.
Addressing the media, on Tuesday, Kaur said it was condemnable there was no reservation for orphans and abandoned children in government educational institutes and jobs. It should be considered that these children do not have parental and financial backing, she added.
“The state government should take this up. These children don’t have any parental or financial support and yet they have to compete within the general category without concession or reservation, said Kaur, adding that a survey conducted in 2010 stated that there were over 2.5 crore orphaned/abandoned children in India out of which barely 10% are taken care of by orphanages.
“Pingalwara currently houses 104 orphans and abandoned children, out of which 67 are girls and 37 boys. They have already made a mark as skilled professionals in the field of education but despite that they need our backing to get government jobs,” she said.
Pingalwara’s chief administrator Col Darshan Singh Bawa (retd) said, “It is the duty of the state government to safeguard their rights. We will fight for their reservation as they deserve dignified jobs.”