Info Child Welfare Schemes in India

Children are the most important section of the population of every country. 39% of India’s population consists of children and of them, 29% are between the age of 0-5 years. Being home to the largest number of children in the world (United Nations), India has many child welfare schemes to take care of its precious next generation.

Over the years, the allocation of funds to social sector programmes have gradually increased. Unfortunately, a major chunk of the population remains unaware of these beneficial programmes. And these are people who really require the kind of assistance provided by government welfare schemes. High child mortality rates, poor sanitation, malnutrition, lack of access to quality education and other issues can all be combated with the help of welfare schemes.

Specialised welfare schemes have been set up targeting the most vulnerable sections of the society like pregnant women, infants and underprivileged children.

You too can make a difference either by donating towards the welfare schemes or by spreading awareness regarding these schemes by volunteering with many NGOs in India. All you need to do is research on the existing welfare schemes and how to avail them. Head to the nearest urban slum or village and help children benefit from these welfare schemes.

Here’s a list of some of the most important child welfare schemes run by the government and a short note regarding their functions:

1. Integrated Child Development Scheme

The main objective of this nation-wide scheme is to focus on the nutritional and health status of children between 0-6 years. It also provides supplementary nutrition, ensures immunisation for children across the country. Credited as being the world’s largest welfare scheme project, ICDS has been effective at decreasing the rate of child mortality and malnutrition in the country.

2. Immunization Program

This massive program ensures the immunisation of all children below 0-5 years. Every year, this scheme covers more than 166 million children on every National Immunisation Day. Other immunisation programs include Hepatitis B, DPT etc. The number of polio cases drastically reduced once this scheme was implemented and over the years, India has been declared a polio free country. It is important that every child receive the protection that immunisation provides.

3. Mid-day Meal Scheme

This scheme has impacted children enrolled in many government schools. By providing one healthy and nutritious meal, malnutrition can be reduced. The other benefit has been that drop-outs have enrolled back into school and parents have also been encouraged to provide children with schooling to take advantage of this scheme. You can encourage children in your locality who are working as child labourers or are from poor families to take benefit from this scheme.

The above schemes have contributed significantly over the years towards ensuring that the future generation has a healthy start to life. There are various NGOs in India working to ensure that children are benefited by these schemes and more projects are put into place to address various issues. It is crucial that we create awareness regarding these schemes and help make a difference in the lives of thousands of underprivileged children in India.