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Street children to get Aadhaar cards, bank accounts

This camp, which began yesterday, is a major milestone following the launch of the standard operating procedure (SOP) for care and protection of children in street situations by Women and Child Development minister Maneka Gandhi in February last year

New Delhi/Hyderabad: Children living on the streets without identity papers are likely to get Aadhaar cards as well as bank accounts soon under the RBI-mandated Jan Dhan Yojana. This was disclosed by charity, Save the Children.

This NGO in collaboration with several child rights bodies has organised an Aadhaar registration camp for children living on the streets in Delhi.

This camp, which began on Friday, is a major milestone following the launch of the standard operating procedure (SOP) for care and protection of children in street situations by Women and Child Development Minister Maneka Gandhi in February last year.

Aiming to reach more children, this NGO will hold another camp soon in southeast Delhi and north Delhi in April, which will enable children to also seek school admissions.

The event was organised in collaboration with National Commission For Protection Of Child Rights (NCPCR), Delhi Commission for Protection of Child Rights (DCPCR) and the Salaam Balak Trust.

In a recent survey, more than 60% of children in four major cities of India were found to be without any identity proof.

NGO said 60% of street children have no identity papers. And if they are displaced people or refugees, the children are scared to disclose their identity. We brought this to the notice of National Child Protection Rights Commission and they are studying the feasibility of giving Aadhar cards.

“Hyderabad has 28,560 street children and a majority of them are in the GHMC’s central zone,” informed Alka Singh of Save the Children, releasing the findings of a census of street children in Hyderabad conducted over five months between September 2015 and January 2016.

The statistics reveal the city is not friendly to its marginalised citizens. “A big chunk of the youngsters in the city are migrants from rural Telangana,” said Ms Singh. About 78.7% of the street children are from Telangana while 12% are from Andhra Pradesh, according to the census.

Surprisingly, about 66% of street children work and earn money, while 34% of them pursue an education in one form or the other.

PTI

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