Demand for creches in city’s urban slums still to be fulfilled
Delhi minister for women and child development Sandeep Kumar promised to make allocations in the state Budget to develop creches in urban slums and invited civil society organisations to have discussions with the department during the state-level dialogue on young child issues organised by the network of NGOs called Neenv, Delhi Forces in New Delhi on Friday.
When Babies Are Left At Construction Sites
As India strives for development, construction projects mushroom, making up some 5% of GDP. Labourers looking for work move from their villages to the big cities, leaving behind support networks and any source of empowerment. From the lowest socio-economic rungs of society, they have very little bargaining power and are often paid less than the legal minimum wage. They form part of India's huge unorganized sector. Roughly 40 million migrant workers - men and women - end up in the construction industry . And some bring their children with them. So, as they work their long days on the growing floors of a high-rise building or walk back and forth carrying baskets of gravel on their heads, their children wait nearby - exposed, unattended, and sometimes unsafe.
The making of an IT guy How a slum dweller became a computer expert at a multinational with an NGO’s help
Everyone sees struggle, only the intensity differs,” says Hari Das with a big smile. For Das, the intensity was always “more than too much”.
Farming had left his family in debt, so his parents moved to Delhi from a village near Khajuraho in Madhya Pradesh in 1986, in the hope of making money. “They started working as labourers for a construction site which was to become a part of the American Embassy School (in south Delhi’s Chanakyapuri area),” says Das, who was born in Delhi.
For The Kids Of Migrant Workers, Caretakers On The Move
For close to half a century, the organisation ‘Mobile Crèches’ have helped meet the early development needs of labourers’ children who work at the construction sites across India. NDTV visited one of the Mobile Crèches site in Noida Extension, one of the emerging residential areas in Uttar Pradesh, to take stock of the situation on the ground. The sights were humbling. Here’s a look at life inside a mobile crèche.
Tin roofs and a Piano prodigy – This one’s a musical act with a difference. International pianist Utsav Lal will be playing in the city next week to give some hope to its youngest and most neglected citizens — young slum dwellers. Lal, 21, who is currently studying Jazz in Scotland, will be playing at two events in the city this week (at The Oberoi, Gurgaon, today, and India Habitat Centre on September 6), organised by NGO Mobile Creches to raise awareness about slum children. “Delhi has a huge population of children living in the slums and streets. I hope my music gives a voice to these young and most neglected citizens,”
Lal. - Chetna Dua, Hindustan Times, 31st August 2013
Building dreams - (The Mobile Creches is organising an exhibition of the works of the children of construction labourers)
The works of the children depict the life and the way they perceive things. Say the word mother and they draw a woman breaking stones - they don’t even miss the nose ring. Ask them where they came from and they draw fields and also show a train . . . One of the exhibits is a mural which these children have made with bajri (red sand), broken tiles, wood etc. - all the material they could find at the construction site.
Seema Kumar, The Hindustan Times, 19th February, 1994
Creche where the construction is“The builders should not shell out money out of a charity feeling . . . It should be out of a feeling of not breaking the law as also a social responsibility.” - Anjali Alexander, Mobile Creches
Rana A. Siddiqui, Metro Plus, The Hindu, 19th September, 2002
Within loving distance of the mother - Mobile Creches one can say has actually grown totally out of the situation itself. First there were the infants, and so creche was needed; then the problems of the older children arose who wandered aimlessly around the site and so the nursery and the school came into existence. Then the parents had to be tackled, taught the basics of hygiene and environmental cleanliness. Therefore, the literacy classes are now run for them at 21 centres, regularly five evenings a week.
The Hindu, 24th June, 1979
Ensuring a Healthy Start to Life
The first 1,000 days of life, between a woman's pregnancy and her child's second birthday, are critical for influencing lifelong health and
intellectual development '
The Hindu,October 9, 2014
Creches in slums not in sight, nor are MLAs
At least 30 Aam Aadmi Party MLAs were invited, some even confirmed their participation but only three, including women and child development minister Sandeep Kumar, made a delayed appearance at a dialogue on the plight of slum children at Constitution Club on Friday.
The audience comprising men, women and children from various slums of Delhi had waited long enough for their elected representatives, only to be left disappointed with the poor turnout. The MLAs were called to discuss and address the concerns of working parents in slums who have no place to leave their children behind in the absence of government creches and day-care system.
Little kids in slums more vulnerable to abuse » Chirashree Ghosh from Mobile Creches, an NGO which has been working with children in resettlements for over two decades, pointed out that the survey and public hearings brought to fore the vulnerabilities of children in these pockets, home to 64% of Delhi's population. -
Ambika Pandit, Times of India, 21st April 2013
Mobile Creches for children less privileged -“The organisation alone cannot reach the entire population of poor kids who need daycare facilities. So we are trying to motivate other people like contractors at the contruction sites or the head of the building associations to run their own creche with our help.”-
Bhagyalakshmi Rao, Mobile Creches The Statesman, 23rd July, 1999
The vast majority in this country continues to be part of the informal sector which does not provide any support facilities like crèches and day care centres to working parents. Even in a city like Delhi, there is a woeful shortage of such institutions. An organisation like Mobile Creches, for example, is doing exemplary work for migrant workers at construction sites and at resettlement colonies. But it reaches less than 10,000 children in Delhi. If this is the situation in the capital, imagine the plight of cash-strapped working families elsewhere ?
- Patralekha Chatterjee, Asian Age & Deccan Chronicle , 25th April 2013
Child rights activists Tuesday raised serious concerns about the drastic cuts in the 2015-16 Union Budget outlay for a number of critical programmes such as Integrated Child Development Services (ICDS) Scheme, National Nutrition Mission, Rashtriya Madhayamik Shiksa Abhiyaan (RMSA) and Mid-day Meal Scheme.
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Rashtriya Madhayamik Shiksa Abhiyaan (RMSA) and Mid-day Meal Scheme.
The allocation for ICDS Scheme has been reduced from Rs 18,195 crore in 2014-15 budget estimates to Rs 8,335.8 crore in 2015-16 budget estimates. Likewise, the allocation for Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan (SSA) has been reduced from Rs 27,758 crore to Rs 22,000 crore, Mid-day Meal Scheme Rs 13,215 crore to Rs 9,236 crore and the allocation for RMSA has been reduced from Rs 5,000 crore to Rs 3,565 crore. In terms of overall budget, the Ministry of Women and Child Development has witnessed the sharpest cut of 51 per cent from the last budget, the cut for the budget of Ministry of Human Resource Development is 17 per cent and that for the Union Health Ministry is 13 per cent. The child rights experts said such drastic cut in the Union Budget support for all such important government interventions for children would imply that the children of the country would be exposed to far greater degrees of vulnerability in various sector.
"The Union government's expectation that state government would re-prioritise their budget significantly and compensate for the cut in Union Budget allocation for these programmes seems unrealistic at this stage because the states are being given more autonomy in their spending but their overall resource envelope is not increasing much.
"And the state governments do have a number of competing priorities to address in their own budget," said Executive Director of the Centre for
Budget and Governance Accountability Subrat Das. The activists said the Statement 22 was introduced in the Budget in 2007 giving recognition to the importance of committing to a Budget for children by listing out the schemes and programmes for children.
"In stark contrast, there has been a 29 per cent cut in the Budget for
children this year. It now stands at an abysmal 3 per cent of the entire
budget," said Enakshi Ganguly of HAQ: Centre for Child Rights.
"All flagship programmes of the government like SSA, Mid-day Meal, ICDS,
and health related schemes, as well as allocations to the key ministries
that implement them, stand severely cut," she added.
Dr Vandana Prasad of the Working Group of Children Under Six said, "India
is home to the highest number of children with hunger and malnutrition,
despite this, it does not appear that the government is serious about
tackling the scourge of malnutrition."
This budget will have severe repercussions on children's health, she
Budget cut will expose children to greater vulnerability, say activists
By PTI | 10 Mar, 2015, 08.26PM IST
Child rights activists today raised serious concerns about the
drastic cuts in the 2015-16 Union Budget outlay for a number of critical programmes such as Integrated Child Development Services (ICDS) Scheme, National Nutrition Mission, Rashtriya Madhayamik Shiksa Abhiyaan (RMSA) and Mid-day Meal Scheme.
The allocation for ICDS Scheme has been reduced from Rs 18,195 crore in 2014-15 budget estimates to Rs 8,335.8 crore in 2015-16 budget estimates. Likewise, the allocation for Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan (SSA) has been reduced from Rs 27,758 crore to Rs 22,000 crore, Mid-day Meal Scheme Rs 13,215 crore to Rs 9,236 crore and the allocation for RMSA has been reduced from Rs 5,000 crore to Rs 3,565 crore.
In terms of overall budget, the Ministry of Women and Child Development has witnessed the sharpest cut of 51 per cent from the last budget, the cut for the budget of Ministry of Human Resource Development is 17 per cent and that for the Union Health Ministry
The child rights experts said such drastic cut in the Union Budget support for all such important government interventions for children would imply that the children of the country would be exposed to far greater degrees of vulnerability in various sector.