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Govt to support care facilities for survivors of trafficking in border areas; assures measures for vulnerable children in villages | India News

NEW DELHI: To step up protection for children vulnerable to trafficking in border areas, the government has decided to support through the Nirbhaya Fund proposals for creating infrastructure such as care facilities where survivors can stay and find the necessary guidance and safety.
While bringing focus on measures to step up protection for survivors of trafficking, minister for women and child development Smriti Irani on Sunday also asked ‘village child protection committees’ to prepare a list of “vulnerable children” facing any kind of distress and assured support to all such children through government schemes and programmes.
Meanwhile, to step up adoption of older children languishing in children homes, the WCD minister while speaking at a regional symposium on “Child Protection, Safety and Child Welfare’ in the Capital on Sunday asked all child welfare committees to visit child-care homes in their jurisdiction and review the cases of older children who could be made free for adoption as soon as possible.
Irani said the ministry has already reviewed two states where they have looked into 9,000 cases and further a detailed intensive scrutiny was carried out for 3000 cases which led to the identification of 164 older children. Citing this example, Irani asserted that CWCs must take all steps to declare older children who they identify during the review legally free without any delay.
Recognising the need to focus on extending long term protection and support to survivors of trafficking, especially girls, in border areas, the WCD minister requested the members of the Child Welfare Committees, District Child Protection Units and Juvenile Justice Boards to inform and come with proposals to the ministry if they feel that there is need for setting up a facility for girl survivors of trafficking.
“The ministry through the Nirbhaya Fund will support proposals for infrastructure like creating ‘fit facilities’ (as defined in the Juvenile Justice Act) for stay and protection of girl survivors of trafficking in border areas and also in areas where the problem of trafficking of girls is widespread,” the minister added.
She also asked the child-care homes to look into the infrastructure gaps in their areas and requested the National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR) to review these gaps and present them to the ministry so that the concerns can be addressed in the union budget next year.
The minister also highlighted that in 9 years, 7 lakh children have been aided across the country with the help of Child Care Institutions. Further, she stated that about 3 lakh children, who were declared missing, have been reunited with their parents in these 9 years by DCPUs and police administration across the country.

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