from the major age juveniles specially who have been charged with serious criminal charges in Juvenile Home.
She was addressing the delegates of the Northern States Regional Consultation Meets held at Delhi Secretariat for formulating the 12th Five-year Plan in Delhi.
The meet was attended by Mrs. Saida Hameed, Member Planning Commission of India, and delegates from Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Jammu & Kashmir, Punjab, Uttrakhand, Uttar Pradesh and the Planning Commission of India, apart from the delegates of N.G.Os and civil society.
Prof. Walia said that Delhi Govt. committed to translate the dream of “SARVE BHAVANTU SUKHINAH” into action to give a helping hand to needy people in the society so that they may be brought in the mainstream of the Nation. She brought to the notice of the delegates about numerous welfare schemes taken up by the Govt. of NCT of Delhi for welfare of the society.
She said city government provides monthly pension of Rs. 1000/- to persons of 60 years & above, having annual income of not exceeding Rs. 60,000/- p.a and who is resident of Delhi for 5 years. The number of beneficiaries has increased more than 100% during the last 5 years. At present 3,38,420 Old Age Persons are getting pension through ECS. By the end of 12th Five Year Plan, the number of these beneficiaries would be about 4,50,000. It has also been decided that fresh request for Old Age Pension shall be decided within 45 days and implemented.
For providing the recreation facilities to senior citizens, the department has framed & implemented the scheme of recreation centres through selected NGOs & RWAs. The Govt. has increased the amounts of Non-recurring and recurring grants to Rs. 70, 000/- (one time) and Rs.3 By the end 20,000/- per month respectively. It is proposed to provide assistance to 100 more such centers, in addition to existing 72 centers.
Prof. Walia informed the delegates that the Deptt. Of Social Welfare has been organizing disability Camps in collaboration with & appliances like, Jaipur foot, Aluminum Crutches, leprosy footwear etc free of cost. During the year 2010-11, 19 camps were held all over Delhi wherein 3281 disabled persons were benefited by these camps. A new concept has been initiated to provide residential care to the persons with mental illness in recovery mode for their education, training, guidance, medical care and rehabilitation.
Five locations have been identified for construction and establishment of half way homes. Govt. is providing lodging, boarding, medical facilities to the persons suffering with mental retardation at Asha Kiran Complex, Awantika, New Delhi, having a total capacity of 350 persons (Male & Female). As there is no such home available in the neighbouring states, the number of inmates has gone up to 815. It is proposed to shift all the Mentally Challenged persons to another facility at Lampur after required years.
She said that further, the vision of the department in the context of the 12th Five Year Plan is to make Delhi a safe and caring city for women and children. Recently two Shelter Homes have been additionally set-up for destitute pregnant and lactating women. Further, the destitute women have also been included as beneficiaries in the scheme of pension for widows.
The Department would like to focus on the non-institutional mechanism for the care & protection of the children. This would include the implementation of the Sponsorship scheme and also renewed focus on early childcare & education. The Central Government may perhaps consider instituting a National Sponsorship Fund on the pattern of the National Population Stabilization Fund.
Prof. Walia informed the delegates that the department would use the platform of Integrated Child Development Services (ICDS) scheme. Creation of ‘HUB’s’ as resource centre for 10 anganwadi centres. The anganwadi centers are running at very small places not allowing sufficient space for providing complete services as envisaged in ICDS. Presently, 6606 anganwadi centers are functional and 4544 shall open very shortly.
Approximately 1000 hubs would be required which can also be run in collaboration with NGOs. The rental for each hub should be at least Rs. 7000/- per month so as to accommodate facilities for recreation etc. The department envisages the 5 To ensure effective delivery of early child care services in the anganwadi centres, the Government of India would require to increase the rental amount fixed for renting anganwadi centers from Rs. 750/- per month to atleast Rs. 2000/- per month. Delhi and other major metro cities require to be placed in a separate category in view of the high rentals in these cities.
The Homes set up by the government for the children in need of care & protection and for the children in conflict with law require massive up-gradation in infrastructure by way of renovation and repair of the buildings. The Government of India is requested to earmark sufficient funds for this purpose. Rapid pace of urbanization results in socio-psychological problems in the social fabric and even within the family, women being the worst sufferer. There is also a need to setup at least 05 family counselling centers in each district to meet the challenges and the need for promoting adjustment and bonding within families.
Believing in what Elie Wiesel said, “there will be times when we are powerless to prevent injustice. But there must never be a time when 7 we fail to protest…”, we have initiated a core advocacy activity. The department has recently launched the “Awaz Uthao” programme, which envisages creation of women’s collectives not only to assist the women victims of sexual harassment/assault but also to effectively help in controlling and preventing such incidents. The active collaboration of the civil society is required to make the programme a success. Adequate financial resources would be required to effectively implement this programme.
To ensure greater participation of women in the workforce, ‘skill development’ on a very extensive scale is required so as to impart necessary skills required in a market economy. The government would like to setup many ‘skilling’ centers for women in Delhi so as to ensure that at least one lakh women are trained to become job worthy during the next five years.