Staff Reporter

BHUBANESWAR: Orissa is all set to make the State Child Protection Society (SCPS) functional. SCPS would exclusively deal with the children’s development in the State.

Addressing a workshop on ‘Children Centered Disaster Risk Reduction’ organised by voluntary organisation, Save The Children (STC), G.V.V. Sarma, secretary of the Women and Child Development department, said SCPS would coordinate different child development programmes in the State.

The State government recently entered into memorandum of understanding with the Union government regarding registration of SCPS. The society would also mobilise resources from both public and private accounts to address issues of child protection.

“Civil society groups working in grassroots will be involved in implementation of various child protection works,” Mr. Sarma said. State would soon implement the Integrated Child Protection Scheme which was launched nationally recently, he informed.

The WCD secretary emphasised on students’ participation in disaster preparedness plans and mock practices in the State which was known as home to natural disasters like cyclones, floods and drought.

“Risks and vulnerability related to children, who had always been exposed to worst effects of natural and human-made disasters, have not been paid adequate focus. It is time to come up with appropriate policies and programmes to address the needs and priorities of children during disasters ensuring their participation,” said Sasanka Kumar Padhi, STC Programme Coordinator.

Children population accounts for almost one third of the total population which is about 10398447 in the State.