Special Correspondent

CHANDIGARH: To bring a smile to every street child, the Punjab Governor and Administrator of the Union Territory of Chandigarh, S.F. Rodrigues, on Tuesday asked the Home Secretary, Krishna Mohan, and senior officers of the Chandigarh Administration to prepare an action plan for a pilot project to meet the shelter, food and educational needs of the disadvantaged children through an institutionalised programme.

As a follow-up of the Administrator's Advisory Council discussion, Gen Rodrigues held a meeting with the Home Secretary, Deputy Commissioner R.K. Rao, Municipal Commissioner P.S. Aujla, and a social activist, M. L. Kataria, and discussed the broad modalities of this community-based child welfare project. He asked the Home Secretary to coordinate with the various voluntary agencies and Government departments and formulate a comprehensive programme. He emphasised that this innovative effort must concentrate on a complete Census of street children, identification of their needs and the mode of help, guidance and support required for ensuring them a life of dignity and self respect, besides restoring confidence for their future. Later, Gen Rodrigues met the newly-elected Mayor, Surinder Singh, Senior Deputy Mayor Shyama Negi, and Deputy Mayor H.S. Lucky and urged them to work as a team for changing the face of the Union Territory.

He said the Municipal Corporation must shed its populist approach and augment its resources to help in upgrading the civic amenities in the municipal limits.