An Integrated Programme for Street Children

Devi and Arul, two street children. Thiruvanmi...

Devi and Arul, two street children. Thiruvanmiyur, Chennai. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Department: Department of women and child development and social welfare.

The Integrated Programme for Street Children was started as initiatives to help children living on the street fulfill their rights. The Integrated Programme for Street Children is now under the umbrella of ICPS programmes.

Objective: The objective of this programme is to prevent destitution of children and facilitate their withdrawal from life on the streets. The programme provides for shelter, nutrition, health care, education, recreation facilities to street children, and seeks to protect them against abuse and exploitation.

Target group:

The target group of this programme is children without homes and family ties i.e., street children and children especially vulnerable to abuse and exploitation such as children of sex workers and children of pavement dwellers.  Children living in slums and with their parents are excluded from the coverage of this scheme.

How to avail: State Governments, Union Territory Administrations, Local Bodies, Educational Institutions and Voluntary Organisations are eligible for financial assistance under   this programme.  Upto 90% of the cost of the project is provided by the Government of India and remaining has to be borne by the Organisation/Institution concerned.  Under the programme, no predefined cost heads are stipulated.  Depending upon the type of activity and the nature of service, an appropriate amount not exceeding Rs. 1.5 million per annum can be sanctioned as recurring cost for each project.  The grant under the programme is released to selected organizations in two equal half yearly installments.

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