regarding improvement of school infrastructure and teacher-student ratio. The NationalCouncil for the Protection of Child Rights, along with various Commissions set up by theState Governments will monitor the implementation of this Act.Notwithstanding this, our Universal Elementary Education Scheme (Sarva Siksha Abhiyan) has also been expanded to cover the entire country to reduce out-of-schoolchildren as well as to emphasis on the
girl child‟s education.
The government has also committed increased spending on education. In order
to attain universal education, 6% of India‟s GDP for the period 2007 to 2012 has been
allocated for education and there has been an increase of 16 % in the Union Budget(2010-11) for school education.Mr Chairman,Last year, government of India launched a new scheme called the IntegratedChild Protection Scheme (ICPS) to create a safe environment for children in need of care and protection, children in conflict and contact with law and any other vulnerablechild. This scheme brought under one umbrella several existing schemes of childprotection, namely, a) A Programme for Juvenile Justice; b) An Integrated Programmefor Street Children; and c) Scheme for Assistance to Homes to Promote In-country Adoption.The primary focus of this new scheme is to provide quality and better accessiblechild protection services; to raise public awareness about child rights; to clearlyarticulate responsibilities and enforced accountability for child protection; and toestablish functioning structures at all government levels for delivery of statutory andsupport services to children in difficult times. One of the important and innovativeelements of this scheme has been the commencement of a dedicated 24 hours toll freetelephone helpline service for all children in distress or to adults on behalf of children indistress. At present this service is available in 83 cities and is being gradually expandedto other parts of the country.Mr Chairman, A special mention of girl child deserves your attention. The girl child is one of themost vulnerable members of any society. A number of initiatives to enhance the statusof the girl child have been initiated in India. Starting from effective policies to ban of sex selective abortion and child marriage, since 2009, every year January 24 is marked
as “National Girl Child Day” in India to highlight the
different problems faced by the girlchild and the need to spread gender sensitization amongst various sections of thesociety.Mr Chairman,