The Governor of Himachal Pradesh Urmila Singh has stressed on the need of speeding up the activities of the State Child Welfare Council to ensure the overall welfare of the needy children. She said that children were the future of the nation and they should be given best opportunities to excel in their lives.
The Governor was presiding over the meeting of the Governing Body of the State Child Welfare Council at Shimla. She said that the Council was implementing various welfare programmes for the children which should be implemented more vigorously to achieve the desired results.
She said that the Child Welfare Council should create mass awareness about its programmes so that needy could avail benefits. She also emphasised that the steps should be taken for better management and regular inspections of the Aashram's and institutes being run by the government and non-government organisations in the State.
Speaking on the occasion, Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh said that the State government was committed for ensuring welfare of the every section of the society particularly the downtrodden and weaker sections. The Child Welfare Council was taking care of more than two thousand children through 140 Child Centres in the State.
As many as 36 Balwari Kendras were providing pre-school education to 180 children in the age group of three to six years and four Anganwari Kendras were engaged in training 2745 Anganwari Workers. Besides, a boarding school for the handicapped children was being run at Dhali in Shimla. He said that government was ensuring proper management and adequate facilities in Baal Ashram's.
Singh said that the Council was providing free shelter, food and other facilities to 154 special children, 171 orphans and semi-orphan children and seven elders in the State.