Delhi: AAP govt launches field task force for homeless children’s rehabilitation


New Delhi: The Arvind Kejriwal-led Delhi government announced on Thursday that it has established a field task force for the rehabilitation of homeless children in the national capital. The task force will focus on finding homeless children and offering educational, financial, and guardianship support. The government had put aside a budget of Rs 10 crores to build a residential school for these youngsters as part of a comprehensive programme to restore dignity to their lives. 

The Delhi Commission for Protection of Child Rights (DCPCR) launched a project in collaboration with Salaam Baalak Trust and Youth Reach to deploy a dedicated field task force for the rehabilitation and reintegration of children in street situations with the strategic support of the Dialogue and Development Commission of Delhi (DDCD).

“By launching this taskforce, we will be able to deploy focused efforts to begin providing these children with the basic amenities they deserve, such as education, financial support, and guardianship. The task force will be implemented in stages, beginning with the districts of South and South-East,” said DDC Delhi Vice-Chairperson Jasmine Shah.

Youth Reach, the project’s funding and strategy partner, stated “We are honoured to be a part of this project with the DCPCR to provide relief to street children and assist them in exercising their right to education, health, and safety.”

“Streets pose a serious threat of exploitation for children who beg, sell goods, and spend their days on red light junctions and in busy markets. Children have the right to attend school and to have a safe place to sleep. The Commission is launching a comprehensive mechanism for identification, prevention, and relief for children at risk of street situations with the launch of this project, the Early Warning System, and DCPCR’s 24×7 emergency helpline,” said Anurag Kundu, Chairperson of the Delhi Commission for Protection of Child Rights.

“We humbly request that all Delhi citizens join hands with us to secure the future of street children by reporting sightings of these children to our Helpline number +919311551393,” he added.

(With inputs from ANI)

first published:March 31, 2022, 2:02 p.m.

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