Integrated Child Protection Scheme
GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF WOMEN AND CHILD DEVELOPMENT
UNSTARRED QUESTION NO: 3173
ANSWERED ON: 05.01.2018
Integrated Child Protection Scheme
REKHA ARUN VERMA
BHAVANA GAWALI (PATIL)
Will the Minister of
WOMEN AND CHILD DEVELOPMENT be pleased to state:-
(a) the salient features of Integrated Child Protection Scheme (ICPS) being implemented by the Government for improving the living standards of children in difficult circumstances;
(b) whether the Government has made available adequate funds for the said scheme and if so, the details of allocated/released and utilised funds along with the number of beneficiary children under the said scheme during each of the last three years and the current year, State/UT-wise;
(b) if not, the reasons therefor and the time by which the adequate amount is likely to be made available by the Government;
(d) whether instances of irregularities in implementation of the scheme during the said period has come to the notice of the Government and if so, the details thereof, State/UT-wise along with the action taken in this regard; and
(e) the corrective measures taken by the Government for effective implementation of said scheme in the country?
MINISTER OF STATE IN THE MINISTRY OF WOMEN AND CHILD DEVELOPMENT
(DR. VIRENDRA KUMAR)
(a) The Ministry of Women and Child Development (MWCD) is implementing a centrally sponsored Integrated Child Protection Scheme (ICPS) (now “Child Protection Services”) for supporting the of children in difficult circumstances, as envisaged under Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children) Act, 2015. The primary responsibility of execution of the Act lies with the State/UTs. However, Central Government is managing ICPS (now “Child Protection Services” under Integrated Child Development Scheme) and providing financial assistance to the States/UTs on sharing pattern for, inter-alia, undertaking a situational analysis of children in difficult circumstances, for setting up and maintenance of various types of Child Care Institutions (CCIs). Under the scheme institutional care is provided through CCIs, as a rehabilitative measure. In these CCIs, children are provided age appropriate education either within the institution or outside in a formal education system through convergence with other schemes and programs of the Government or civil society. Under the non-institutional care component, support is extended for adoption, foster care and sponsorship.
(b) & (c) State/UT-wise details of funds released to the State Governments/UT administration under Child Protection Services erstwhile ICPS alongwith the utilization of fund and number of beneficiaries reported by State/UTs during each of the last three years and the current year, is annexed.
(d) No irregularities in the functioning of the said scheme have been reported by the State/UTs to the Ministry during the said period.
(e) The Ministry of Women and Child Development has set up a monitoring system to ensure effective implementation of the scheme. A Project Approval Board (PAB) under the Chairpersonship of Secretary (WCD) has been constituted in the Ministry to scrutinize and approve implementation plans, annual Plans and financial proposals from States/ UTs for release of grants under the scheme. The board also monitors and reviews the progress of implementation of the scheme from time to time. The PAB regularly directs the States/UTs to fill up the vacant positions in service delivery structures under the scheme i.e. State Child Protection Society, District Child Protection Units, State Adoption Resource Agency, Specialised Adoption Agencies, etc.