New Delhi: “Mission Vatsalya scheme supports children through non-institutional care under private-sponsored contribution where interested contributors can help children in difficult situations. Such arrangements are subject to conditions as per the Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children) Act, 2015 and its rules,” said the Union Minister for Women and Child Development. Smriti Irani said.
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Monsoon session of Parliament is going on. Vaiko, MDMK general secretary in the Rajya Sabha, asked, “Does the central government plan to partner with the private sector and voluntary groups for the ‘Mission Vatsalya’ scheme for the protection of abandoned or missing children? If so, the details; how far has the scheme been successfully implemented with the cooperation of states and union territories, and the details?” He had raised questions about
Union Minister for Women and Child Development, Smriti Jubin Irani, replied: “The Mission Vatsalya program is a roadmap for achieving development and child protection priorities aligned with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). It emphasizes child rights, and awareness.
And with the slogan ‘Leave No Child Left Behind’, it strengthens child protection. The Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children) Act – 2015 and the Protection of Children from Sexual Offenses Act – 2012 form the basic framework for implementing this work. Funds are disbursed according to the needs and demands of the States, Union Territories under the Mission Vatsalya Scheme.
The scheme is being implemented as a Central Government funded scheme in collaboration with States and Union Territories in improving accessibility and quality across the country.
Fund sharing is in the ratio of 60:40 between Center and States respectively. North-Eastern States, Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir have a fund sharing ratio of 90:10. 100 per cent central government share for union territories without legislature.
Mission Vatsalya Program supports children through non-institutional care under private-sponsored contribution. Interested contributors can help children in difficult situations. District Collectors take steps to promote the child and children’s group, individuals, public / private sector organizations sponsoring the organization. “Such arrangements are subject to conditions as per the Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children) Act, 2015 and its provisions,” the minister replied.