Delhi government’s three departments to work for setting boarding school for Homeless Children

Homeless Children

New Delhi

Three departments of the Delhi government will be working in close coordination to set up a boarding school for homeless children. This is being done after the Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia announced this during his budget speech recently. The Aam Aadmi Party led government has allocated Rs 10 crore for setting up such a school.

According to a senior Delhi government officer, “The modalities of the school will be worked out in close coordination with the Department of Social Welfare, Department of Women and Child Development (WCD) and the Department of Education.”

Government sources say that the state government had earlier initiated a pilot project to give residential school facilities to homeless children. “ We did a pilot project in Malviya Nagar with the Delhi Commission for Protection of Child Rights (DCPCR) and district authorities to see that if they are provided residential facilities how will they be benefitted. We identified the children, and found that we may be able to prevent them from getting into begging by providing them residence,” he said.

Sisodia had proposed Rs 10 crore for setting up the boarding school, while noting that the government has taken several measures to provide basic education to the homeless children, but the measures have only been partially successful.

“It is not possible to get quality education unless basic facilities like food and shelter are in place. The Delhi government has decided to set up a boarding school with modern facilities for these underprivileged homeless children. These schools will try to bring them into the mainstream of society,” he had said.

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