New helpline for child services

BANGALORE: Hit by the recent scams, the Department of Women and Child Development (DWCD) is now planning to revamp its system by setting up a new helpline for Integrated Child Development Serv

Published: 25th April 2012 08:31 AM  |   Last Updated: 16th May 2012 07:44 PM   |  A+A-

BANGALORE: Hit by the recent scams, the Department of Women and Child Development (DWCD) is now planning to revamp its system by setting up a new helpline for Integrated Child Development Services (ICDS).

The 24/7 helpline 1800- 425-25-250 (Toll free), all set to be launched from April 26, will operate across the state.

It will be set up at the Directorate’s office in the city.

“People from across the state and NGOs can call the call centre to complain, if any, about the functioning of Anganwadis and also give suggestions to strengthen the centres, apart from the scheme details which they can get through this helpline,” M E Shivalingmurthy, Director of DWDC said.

Meena K Jain, Chairperson for Child Welfare Committee said awareness should be created among the masses for the successful implementation of the aim.

Immediate response should be given for the queries and it should hold people responsible.

It should not end up like the child helpline 1098, which not many are aware of, she added.

Last Thursday, the High Court directed the government to reconstitute the committee to monitor the ICDS.

“This is based on the Supreme Court Judge’s suggestion.

Any woman with a malnourished child can dial up the number and seek help.

The modalities will be discussed in the forthcoming meeting to be held on April 26 in Gulbarga,” Neena Nayak, Chairperson of the Karnataka Commission for Protection of Child Rights said.

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