File photo: School girls appear for an examination.(PTI)
File photo: School girls appear for an examination.(PTI)

After horror tales, Bihar child care homes focus on making girls self-reliant

14 girls have been sent on a pilot basis but now the need to do more for the girls has been felt.
By Arun Kumar | Hindustan Times, Patna
UPDATED ON JAN 05, 2021 11:49 PM IST

Away from the horror tales of Muzaffarpur children’s home, which led to a nationwide outrage soon after the findings of the social audit by the Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS) reached the public domain in 2018 and resulted in CBI probe, Bihar’s social welfare department has now embarked on an ambitious scheme to make the girl inmates self-reliant once they turn 18.

It plans to send 30 more girls for hotel management course to Bangalore and other places. Fourteen girls drawn from different child care institutions in Begusarai, Gaya, Madhubani, Patna, Motihari and Purnea were sent for the course to Bangalore in joint collaboration with Empowerment of Children and Human Rights Organisation (ECHO) - Centre for Juvenile Justice on December 29.

Director, directorate of social welfare, department of social welfare, Raj Kumar, said the 14 girls were sent on a pilot basis, but now the need to do more has been felt for the girls and a detailed scheme has been worked out.

Also read: US welcomes LeT commander Zakiur Rehman Lakhvi’s arrest on charges of terror financing

“The girls will also be trained for other employment-oriented skill sets and also encouraged to start their own ventures in groups. We are also in talks with banks to provide loans to self-help groups of girls. Earlier, they got training in stitching and beautician course, but due to lack of back up, they could not become self-reliant. The emphasis now is to help them become self-reliant,” he said, adding that the hotel management institute would also help them get job placement in the hospitality industry.

As per the guidelines of the Integrated Child Protection Scheme (ICPS), for the aftercare of children completing 18 years, a monthly assistance of Rs 2,000 each is provided so as to help them in settling after exiting from the CCIs.

“But that is not enough. The department’s initiative for alternative care of children outside the institutions is in keeping with the TISS recommendations,” said the director, adding that the girls sent to Bangalore would also keep getting Rs 2,000 each.

Stung by the findings of the TISS social audit, which earned the entire state a bad name across the globe and the CBI investigation into it is still on, the department of social welfare has taken a range of steps to improve the quality of care being provided across child care institutions (CCIs).

“The audit was an eye-opener for the department also and it immediately got down to a massive exercise to improve the system, viz. revision of entire inspection and monitoring system of CCIs by the state as well as the district administration, zero tolerance to any incident of abuse of children inside CCIs and development of better infrastructure and child-friendly environment etc. Exposure visits of caregivers of CCIs to Bangalore, Pune, Hyderabad, Indore and Tripura were also undertaken to learn best practices,” said the official, adding that adequate funds have also been given to care homes.

SHARE THIS ARTICLE ON
Close
A Covid-19 vaccine shot being prepared. ((Pratik Chorge/HT Photo))
A Covid-19 vaccine shot being prepared. ((Pratik Chorge/HT Photo))

More staff, SOPs in line to get senior citizens to vaccination centres in Bihar

By Ruchir Kumar, Patna
UPDATED ON MAR 06, 2021 12:21 AM IST
  • The low footfall has prompted the state to mobilise more technical manpower so that senior citizens do not have to wait for vaccination.
Close
Bihar Animal Husbandry and Fisheries Minister Mukesh Sahani's brother Santosh Kumar Sahani attends a government program at Hajipur, in Vaishali on Friday. (ANI)
Bihar Animal Husbandry and Fisheries Minister Mukesh Sahani's brother Santosh Kumar Sahani attends a government program at Hajipur, in Vaishali on Friday. (ANI)

Bihar minister sends brother to govt function, faces opposition anger

By hindustantimes.com | Edited by Shankhyaneel Sarkar, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON MAR 05, 2021 10:24 PM IST
  • The minister, who is a leader of the Vikassheel Insan Party (VIP), later said he will make sure to attend events where he is scheduled to be present in future.
Close
Bihar health minister Mangal Pandey speaks to the press in this file photo. (Santosh Kumar/ Hindustan Times)
Bihar health minister Mangal Pandey speaks to the press in this file photo. (Santosh Kumar/ Hindustan Times)

State health min says Bihar 'almost' fulfils WHO's doctor-population ratio

PTI, Patna
UPDATED ON MAR 05, 2021 06:26 PM IST
Referring to the WHO norm of having one physician for 1,000 of population, Pandey said the state which has 12 crore population should have 1,20,000 doctors, but currently it has 1,19,000 doctors.
Close
The money has allegedly been siphoned away from the drinking tap water scheme.(Representative Photo)
The money has allegedly been siphoned away from the drinking tap water scheme.(Representative Photo)

Bihar panchayat officials accused of withdrawing 70 lakh without doing work

By HT Correspondent | Edited by Abhinav Sahay, Darbhanga
PUBLISHED ON MAR 05, 2021 05:41 PM IST
  • A BJP leader has urged chief minister Nitish Kumar to ensure that the money meant for welfare scheme is spent for its purpose.
Close
Chairman, Bihar School Examination Board, Anand Kishore is inspecting examinee students at examination centre in Patna(HT File)
Chairman, Bihar School Examination Board, Anand Kishore is inspecting examinee students at examination centre in Patna(HT File)

Bihar: Evaluation of intermediate exam papers begin

By Megha | Edited by Abhinav Sahay, Patna
PUBLISHED ON MAR 05, 2021 10:43 AM IST
  • Copy evaluation for Matric examination conducted by Bihar state education board will begin on March 12 and conclude on March 24.
Close
Healthcare workers at Covid-19 testing centre in Pune, India, on Sunday, December 13, 2020.(Ravindra Joshi/HT PHOTO)
Healthcare workers at Covid-19 testing centre in Pune, India, on Sunday, December 13, 2020.(Ravindra Joshi/HT PHOTO)

No new Covid-19 cases at Bihar’s NMCH, classes stalled, exams put on hold

PUBLISHED ON MAR 04, 2021 11:45 PM IST
  • After the death of a 2016-batch final-year MBBS student at the NMCH, Shubhendu Shubham (23), who had contracted the virus, the state health department had advised the medical college to get real-time polymerase chain reaction (RT PCR) test of all medicos done.
Close
The IGIMS building in Patna.(HT file photo)
The IGIMS building in Patna.(HT file photo)

No city from Bihar in top 10 of Ease of Living Index, Patna climbs a notch

PUBLISHED ON MAR 04, 2021 10:46 PM IST
  • Four cities from Bihar -- Patna, Biharsharif, Bhagalpur and Muzaffarpur, participated in the survey. Muzaffarpur was adjudged the lowest in the Ease of Living Index.
Close
Bihar schools, coaching institutions to reopen from January 4
Bihar schools, coaching institutions to reopen from January 4

Bihar minister promises focus on teaching in mother tongue and learning outcomes

By Arun Kumar | Edited by Abhinav Sahay, Patna
PUBLISHED ON MAR 04, 2021 03:06 PM IST
  • The minister was replying to the debate on his department’s budgetary demand of 38,035 crore, which was passed by the Bihar Vidhan Sabha
Close
Hundreds of people gathered at Simaria Ghat, 19 km from Begusarai for a holy dip during Kartik Purnima celebrations.(HT Photo/File )
Hundreds of people gathered at Simaria Ghat, 19 km from Begusarai for a holy dip during Kartik Purnima celebrations.(HT Photo/File )

Bihar Dy CM promises makeover of Hindu holy site at Simaria Ghat

By Subash Pathak | Edited by Abhinav Sahay, Patna
PUBLISHED ON MAR 04, 2021 01:35 PM IST
  • The deputy CM acknowledged the members’ sentiments and said he would strive to resolve the issues affecting the devotees and tourists
Close
Representational image.
Representational image.

Bihar: Two women raped, two minors shot at in separate incidents

PUBLISHED ON MAR 04, 2021 12:08 PM IST
The 35-year-old was allegedly gang-raped and stabbed in front of her 13-year-old son in Jamui. Police said the accused barged into her house and one of them stabbed her when she raised an alarm
Close
Phanishwar Nath Renu's Birth Centenary is being celebrated on March 4
Phanishwar Nath Renu's Birth Centenary is being celebrated on March 4

Phanishwar Nath Renu’s birth centenary: Call to turn village into tourist spot

By Reena Sopam | Edited by Abhinav Sahay, Patna
PUBLISHED ON MAR 04, 2021 11:57 AM IST
  • Nitish Kumar had got Renu Bhawan built in the village at a cost of two crore but tourism infrastructure needs to be developed for customized tour packages, says Renu's son.
Close
Lok Janshakti Party (LJP) president Chirag Paswan with other party leaders at his Delhi residence.(Biplov Bhuyan/HT File Photo)
Lok Janshakti Party (LJP) president Chirag Paswan with other party leaders at his Delhi residence.(Biplov Bhuyan/HT File Photo)

175 LJP functionaries join BJP; party disowns turncoats

By HT Correspondent, Bettiah
PUBLISHED ON MAR 04, 2021 09:34 AM IST
  • A senior LJP leader, who quit the party, said the LJP was reduced to a drawing room organisation where even old party workers didn’t have access to Chirag Paswan.
Close
Power meters(HT File/representative image)
Power meters(HT File/representative image)

Fake power theft case against innocent villager raised in Bihar House

By Subash Pathak | Edited by Abhinav Sahay, Patna
PUBLISHED ON MAR 03, 2021 10:49 AM IST
  • The JD(U) MLC said that Gautam Kumar was suffering while the police officials were showing no urgency to submit the inquiry report, as the case was not lodged by them.
Close
A couple was arrested for attempting to kill elderly parents over land dispute in Odisha’s Keonjhar.(Representative image)
A couple was arrested for attempting to kill elderly parents over land dispute in Odisha’s Keonjhar.(Representative image)

Bihar relies on village chowkidars to resolve land disputes early, reduce crime

By Rakesh Singh | Edited by Abhinav Sahay, Patna
PUBLISHED ON MAR 03, 2021 09:43 AM IST
  • According to the National Crime Bureau Record (NCRB), in Bihar in 2019, there were 3,707 crime incidents related to land and property disputes, while the number of people killed were 5,227, or 3.1% per lakh
Close
The Darbhanga airport.(HT File)
The Darbhanga airport.(HT File)

Darbhanga airport crosses 1 lakh passenger milestone within 4 months

By HT Correspondent | Edited by Abhinav Sahay, Darbhanga
PUBLISHED ON MAR 03, 2021 09:11 AM IST
  • Spicejet, the lone airline with a license to fly from Darbhanga under UDAN, has again opened booking for Ahmedabad after having discontinued the direct Darbhanga-Ahmedabad flight on February 15.
Close
SHARE
Story Saved
OPEN APP