The children of migrant labourers will be admitted to anganwadis in Ernakulam district and given midday meals. The project will be implemented through the Centrally-administered Integrated Child Protection Scheme (ICPS).

The daily expenses of juvenile homes and government observation homes under the district social welfare department are also being met through the ICPS.

H. Ramamurthy, District Social Welfare officer and programme officer of the Integrated Child Development Services, said more employees would be appointed to strengthen project being implemented in the State.

“Children committing minor offences and destitute children are being taken care of by the child welfare committee.

The Juvenile Justice Board is entrusted with the maintenance of children vulnerable to committing offences and those convicted by the court,” he said.

However, even those convicted had been found to be susceptible to repeated offence. Hence it was important to give them protection and counselling, Mr. Ramamurthy said.

Training sessions on the laws pertaining to the protection of children are being organised as part of the ICPS.

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