Quarterly Bulletin

Bal Raksha Bharat

february 2020 | ISSUE-lll


Updates from this quarter


Minister of Women and Child Development, Smriti Irani at The Right Start Summit—an event to mark Save the Children's 100 years commitment towards marginalised children

Human trafficking units and women helpdesk across all police stations in India

Hailing the move to set up human trafficking units and helpdesks for women across all police stations in the country, Save the Children’s delegation met Minister of Women and Child Development, Smriti Irani on 17 December 2019.

The Minister focused on the initiatives required to empower children including financial provision towards child protection.
She also agreed to dedicate a parliament session to listen to the child champions and the issues that they have been battling with. Save the Children has been asked to submit a list of children to represent juvenile issues in the parliament.

Save the Children's early education expert, Kamal Gaur speaking at the meeting in Delhi

Delhi to focus on early childhood care for children on streets

Department of Education, Government of Delhi, Municipal Corporation and other civil society organisations guarantee focus on access to early childhood care and education for children in street situation in a consultation with Save the Children on 20 November in Delhi. The consultation was held to commemorate 30 tears of the United Nations Child Rights Convention (UNCRC) and culmination of the CRC week.

Mayor of Lucknow, UP, Sanyukta Bhatia unveiling the report 'Spotlight on Invisibles'

"Stakeholder cooperation is crucial to reach every last child": Lucknow Mayor

We need organisations working in the field of Child Rights to reach every last child," said Sanyukta Bhatia, Mayor of Lucknow during the launch of 'Spotlight on Invisibles'--a mapping study of children on the streets. The report which takes stock of children living and working on the streets and their legal identity was launched on 27 November in Lucknow.

Along with representatives from child rights organisations, Save the Children partners and child champions, the event was also attended by Child Rights Protection Commissions in West Bengal. New Delhi, Maharashtra, Uttar Pradesh along with representation from UIDAI and Directorate of Women and Child Welfare. CWC Members from all four states were also present at the event.

The objective of the launch of the study was to assess the socio-economic and related conditions of children living in street situations and help mainstream them. The study carried out a complete enumeration of the children in street situations in 10 cities (Delhi, Agra, Allahabad, Kanpur, Lucknow, Mughal Sarai, Mumbai, Nashik, Pune and Kolkata) through a census survey. The report examines the status of children in street situations in terms of their legal identity and access to various social security schemes.

Save the Children CEO, Bidisha Pillai said, “The importance of reliable data on children living in street situation is key to help in their rehabilitation process. One of the biggest challenges we face with children in street situations is the absence of data on who these children are, where they live, what they do. This study is an attempt to bridge this gap of reliable data.”

On the occasion the Mayor of Lucknow, Sanyukta Bhatia, the chief guest at the event added that, "All agencies working in the field of child rights should work in convergence with a time bound approach. The Government needs support and feedback from organizations working in this field every last child should achieve his/her rights and government and NGOs are working together for this noble cause. Lucknow Municipal Corporation is always there to provide all possible support.”

Ramesh Negi, Chairperson Delhi Commission for Protection of Child Rights stressed on the issues of migration that poses serious challenge to handle the issue. "We need to deal with issues like migration, it’s a major cause of children on streets. We need a separate plan to address such problem. An exclusive department is a must to solve this issue which will work at micro level at individual ward levels. Children in street situations should get benefit of all social protection schemes," he said.

Preeti Verma Panday, Member UP SCPCR, spoke about the need of public participation to ensure safety to these children. "We have to make their life safe and treat them like our own children. We will take 'jan sahyog' to overcome such situations and we are working with business houses and market forums to sensitize them to make factories and markets child labour free," she said.

The child champions present at the event, Khushi and Adarsh also got an opporunity to share their experience with UIDAI officials: Sunil Prasad, Asst Director, UIDAI, GoI and Jasmine, Deputy Director, UIDAI, UP.