Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar, Jun 3:
The Odisha government would soon launch Biju Bal Vikash Yojana, a new scheme for rehabilitation and welfare of orphaned and homeless children very soon.
This was announced by chief minister Naveen Patnaik while reviewing the yearly performance of the Women and Child Development at the State Secretariat here today.
The chief minister directed the department to prepare a comprehensive plan for implementation of the new scheme.
He also asked the department to give special emphasis on the welfare of the autistic and mentally challenged children and provide all possible assistance to the organisations whose work in this field is found satisfactory.
It was decided in the meeting to open special schools for the physically challenged children in each district.
The meeting was apprised of the functioning of the newly created Department of Social Security and Empowerment of Persons with Disability from July 1.
Underscoring the need for a revamp in the ICDS schemes for overall development of women and children, the chief minister asked the department to set up a centre of excellence and expedite work to ensure supply of drinking water and sanitation in all anganwadi centres.
The meeting was informed about construction of 8000 anganwadi centres in the state every year and supply of drinking water and sanitation measures in all anganwadi centres in the next five years.
As part of the state government’s priority to extend social security schemes in the state to hitherto uncovered segments of the population, the meeting decided to include all unmarried and deserted women under the Madhu Babu Pension Yojana.
The chief minister asked the department to take special measures to make all women and children help desks, opened in all police stations for prevention of atrocities on women and children, discharge their duties efficiently. To make these help desks more capable, it was decided to engage Additional District Social Welfare Officers in the office of the district superintendents of police.
Besides, the meeting also decided to prepare a database of beneficiaries of different pension schemes, exclusion of ineligible beneficiaries and third-party audit of Mamata, ICDS and pensions schemes.
Among others, Women and Child Development minister Usha Devi, minister of state for Mission Shakti, Snehangini Chhuria, Development Commissioner UN Behera, additional chief secretary to chief minister AP Padhi, additional chief secretary, Finance, R Balakrishnan, commissioner-cum-secretary, Women and Child Development Saswat Mishra and senior officials of the concerned department were present at the meeting.