Problems related to women and children should be identified immediately and proper conditions created for their overall growth, giving scope to survive with dignity, District Collector J. Syamala Rao has said.

At the review meeting of District Women, Children Protection and Empowerment Committee on the implementation of several schemes and policies for these classes here on Thursday, the Collector wanted the officials related to the department and NGOs to take turns at explaining all the rights that accrue to them at various stages and legal provisions available for their protection.

Several programmes were being organised, but due to ignorance of the legal provisions, several children were turning child labourers, which should be curbed by sensitising all the stakeholders, he opined. Asking the line departments to be innovative and take help of the NGOs to design some innovative programmes that would help the Government improve the lot of women and children, Mr. Syamala Rao opined.

Committee president Kootikuppala Surya Rao gave a PowerPoint presentation on the comprehensive action plan he had prepared for the protection of children. Some promising children from among the inmates of Government Jawahar Home were being sponsored to study in schools and colleges, said Project Director Kameswaramma.

The District Collector observed that protection of children up to the age of 14 was being looked into by the Welfare Department, but something had to be planned for those between 15 and 18 years. Deputy Commissioner Labour R. Srinivasa Rao also attended the meeting.