SIGNATURE CAMPAIGN FOR THE IMPLEMENTATION OF THE INTEGRATED CHILD PROTECTION SCHEME sign now



SIGNATURE CAMPAIGN FOR THE IMPLEMENTATION OF THE INTEGRATED CHILD PROTECTION SCHEME

The Integrated Child Protection Scheme (ICPS), proposed in the 11th Five Year Plan in August 2006 by the Planning Commission, designed to protect every child of the country and especially the children in difficult circumstances, was referred to the Union Cabinet in December 2008 for clearance and approval. But now it seems that the ambitious scheme has lost its way as it has been referred back to the Planning Commission by the Union Cabinet in the first week of January 2009.

The country has about 440 million children. The ICPS was specially designed to integrate all the child welfare schemes of the Government under single operating mechanism. It was aimed at promoting and safeguarding children in need of care and protection; children neglected by the society and on the street, physically and mentally challenged children, children in begging and rag picking, working children, children trafficked for commercial and sexual exploitation, children infected and affected by HIV/AIDS, children in slum communities and rural areas where developmental opportunities are a distant dream.

Various Organizations, including CHILDLINE which functions in 83 cities in India, and child friendly citizens have expressed their anguish towards the inordinate delay in the approval of the Scheme. They fear that it will be further delayed due to the impending general election.

Every child has the right to healthy childhood. The ICPS was meant to protect this right. But they are ignored because they are not vote banks. Every citizen of India is bound to protect the rights of its children by being their voice.

Number of concerned organisations in the city came together under the leadership of CHILDLINE Nagpur on 9th February 2009 at MSS Institute of Social Work, Bajaj Nagar, Nagpur, and pledged to fight for the rights of the children and ensure the speedy implementation of ICPS. One of the steps taken in this direction was the signature campaign.

We earnestly urge you to be part of this campaign and support the cause of children in need of care and protection.

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