WHY IN THE NEWS?
Recently in a guideline Centre has said in order to access Central funds and benefits under Mission Vatsalya, an umbrella scheme for child protection services in the country, states will have to retain the official name that the Women and Child Development (WCD) Ministry mandated in the guidelines.
GUIDELINES BY THE CENTRE:
- Only a correct translation to local language is permissible.
- States will also have to comply with any guidelines/instructions issued by the Government of India regarding branding of this Scheme.
MISSION VATSALAYA GUIDELINES:
- It details the process by which funds will be disburse to states under various heads by defining institutionalize arrangements.
- Funds to states will be approve through the Mission Vatsalya Project Approval Board (PAB).
- Project will be chair by the WCD Secretary, who will scrutinize and approve annual plans and financial proposals receive from states and UTs for release of grants.
- It will be implementing as a Centrally Sponsor Scheme in partnership with state governments and UT administrations, with a fund-sharing pattern in a 60:40 ratio.
- For the eight states in the Northeast as well as Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand and the UT of Jammu and Kashmir, the Centre and state/UT’s share will be 90:10.
- To foster a sensitive, supportive and synchronized ecosystem for the development of children.
OBJECTIVES OF MISSION VATSALAYA:
- To secure a healthy and happy childhood for every child in India.
- To achieve the SDG goals.
- Before 2009, three schemes were being implementing under the WCD Ministry for children in need of protection:
- the program for juvenile justice for children in need of care and protection, and children in conflict with law;
- the integrated program for street children and
- To assist States/UTs in delivering the mandate of the Juvenile Justice Act 2015.
- the scheme for assistance to homes for children.
- These were clubbed in 2010 in to a single scheme called the Integrated Child Protection Scheme.
- It was then renamed “Child Protection Services” Scheme in2017 and again as Mission Vatsalya in 2021-22.
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SOURCE: INDIAN EXPRESS