The newly-constituted District Child Protection Unit on Tuesday gave away cheques to beneficiaries. The scheme provides for supporting children who are under the care of economically weak single-parent. The cheques contain sponsorship amount given under the Integrated Child Protection Scheme (ICPS) of the Central Government meant to promote care of a child in his/her family surroundings.

As many as 99 beneficiaries received cheques from Deputy Commissioner N. Prakash, who heads the unit. The amount ranged between Rs. 250 and Rs. 500 per month. This was being given to each child of a parent whose annual family income was not over Rs. 24,000. On Tuesday, the beneficiaries received a cumulative sum of the amount for the first six months of 2012.

Among the many who received the cheque included a 17-year-old boy who is studying in a college in Haleyangadi. “This amount helps in meeting a part of my examination expenses,” the boy told The Hindu. On Tuesday, the boy received a cheque for Rs. 1,500 which is a part of the final instalment of Rs. 3,000. He has received instalments of Rs. 3,000 for the last two years.

Child Welfare Committee Chairperson Asha Nayak said the amount was a token assistance given by the government to meet the educational expenses of the child. The CWC has been scrutinising the applications of beneficiaries, Ms. Nayak said.

District Child Protection Officer Gracey D’Silva said of the 99 children, 28 are primary and higher primary students, 23 secondary school students and 48 students were pursuing their pre-university courses. The students are given sponsorship amount for a period of three years or till he/she turns 18.

The sponsorship amount was being given out of Rs. 2 lakh grant received from the government in December. . The unit has received 25 applications for the year 2012, which was being scrutinised by the CWC, Ms. D’Silva said.

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