DC Rajouri reviews implementation of BBBP; functioning of One-Stop Centre, DHEW, CWC & JJB

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RAJOURI: Deputy Commissioner Rajouri, Om Prakash Bhagat today reviewed implementation of Beti Bachao Beti Padhao scheme (BBBP), besides functioning of Sakhi One-Stop Centre District Hub for Empowerment of Women (DHEW), Juvenile Justice Board (JJB) and Child Welfare Committee (CWC) in separate meetings here.

Chairing a meeting of District Level Task Force, the DC reviewed the implementation of Beti Bachao Beti Padhao scheme in the district

The meeting delved into major objectives of the scheme, including check on dwindling sex ratio, containing girl school dropout and other important points and the strategies to ameliorate these challenges.

The District Social Welfare Officer (DSWO) outlined the action plan for BBBP in the district, encompassing Information, Education, and Communication (IEC) activities, specialized meetings of girls with police officials, and special training programs aimed at fostering their independence.

The members of the district level task force also suggested measures to ensure the comprehensive success of the BBBP scheme in Rajouri district.

The meeting decided to constitute a committee to conduct random checking of clinical establishments to enforce compliance with the regulations prohibiting sex determination tests. This proactive measure aims to prevent any illegal practices that perpetuate gender discrimination and undermine the objectives of the BBBP scheme.

Similarly, the Deputy Commissioner conducted a comprehensive review of SAKHI One-Stop Centre and District Hub for Empowerment of Women (DHEW) in a spate meeting.

At the outset, the DSWO, Wakeel Ahmed Bhatt informed the chair that OSC serves as a vital resource for women affected by various forms of violence, providing a range of services including medical aid, legal assistance, counseling, and temporary shelter.

While apprising about the functioning of the District Hub for Empowerment of Women, he informed that the initiative is meant to provide “one stop convergent support services for empowering rural women with opportunities for skill development, employment, digital literacy, health and nutrition”.

Expressing satisfaction with the operations of the OSC and DHEW, the DC asked the concerned stakeholders to keep working with the added enthusiasm for the welfare of the women in the district.

The DC emphasized the importance of collaborative efforts between SAKHI-One Stop Center and different Departments including ICDS, Social Welfare and Health to effectively address gender-based violence.

Later, the Deputy Commissioner chaired a meeting of the District Level Child Protection Committee, which works for the effective welfare and protection of children in distress.

The Deputy Commissioner sought a detailed report on the functioning of the Juvenile Justice Board (JJB) and Child Welfare Committee (CWC). The concerned officers provided a briefing on their operations, highlighting key achievements. The meeting also witnessed an in-depth and comprehensive discussion on the key points to enhance the functioning of the district-level child welfare committee.

The issue of child labor was also discussed threadbare and the  Deputy Commissioner asked stakeholders to take proactive measures to curb child labor effectively. Emphasis was placed on enforcing existing laws and implementing strategies to address this critical issue, ensuring the protection and well-being of children in the district.

Meanwhile, the Deputy Commissioner also discussed the cases for children in need of assistance in the sponsorship and Foster Care Approval Committee (SFCAC) meeting. As many as 78 cases were discussed in the meeting. The committee discussed individual cases and the DC asked to forward these cases to the Child Welfare Committee for further evaluation and approval.

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