New Delhi: Delhi Chief Minister Shiela
Dikshit on Tuesday launched a project to provide shelter, education
and other facilities to around 30,000 street and working
children in the city.
Under the National Child Labour Project (NCLP), around 40
help centres and as many as 100 creches are planned to be set
up by Delhi Commission for Protection of Child Rights.
Dikshit said her government was deliberating on providing
shelter and education to street children as well as those
child labourers rescued from various industries and a detailed
plan of action may be announced soon.
DCPCR officials said the project would be implemented
with the support of civil society organisations like NGOs and
various government departments.
The Census of 2001 had put the figure of child labour in
Delhi at 41,899 but various NGOs working for child welfare
have put the figure at 2.5 lakh, according to DCPCR.
Launching the programme, Dikshit called for a
"convergent" approach while formulating policies for providing
comprehensive support to children working as child labours.
"We need a comprehensive, convergent approach towards the
issue. Apart from rescuing the children from bondages, we
should also provide them with livelihood resources to empower
them in true means," Dikshit said.
"We are also looking into the possibilities of giving
them some monthly financial assistance in line to the other
pension schemes we have," she told a gathering.
On child labourers in the city, Dikshit said a large
number of children come to the metropolis from other states
and her government was examining whether they could be sent
back to their home states or can be provided accommodation and
other facilities in Delhi.
"Children from outside (Delhi) constitute a large number
of child labourers in the city. We are looking into the
possibilities of sending them back. We are also thinking
whether we can give them some sort of support...can we give
them hostels, residential schools where they can learn. We
will sort out something...may be in a month or two, we will
come out with a plan," she said.
Minister for Women and Child Welfare Kiran Walia,
Education Minister Arvinder Singh Lovely, Minister of
Industries and Labour Ramakant Goswami and chairperson of
Delhi Commission for Protection of Child Rights (DCPCR) Amod
Kanth were present on the occasion.