Mission Vatsalya Scheme

Context: 

Minister of Women and Child Development informed the Rajya Sabha about Vatsalya Scheme.

About the scheme:

  • Mission Vatsalya Scheme is a roadmap to achieve development and child protection priorities aligned with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
  • It lays emphasis on child rights, advocacy and awareness along with strengthening of the juvenile justice care and protection system with the motto to ‘leave no child behind’.
  • The Scheme is implemented as a Centrally Sponsored Scheme.

Funding:

  • Funds under the Mission Vatsalya Scheme are released according to the requirements and demands made by the States/UTs.
  • The fund sharing pattern is in the ratio of 60:40 between Centre and State & Union Territories with Legislature respectively.
  • The fund sharing pattern between Centre and State is in the ratio of 90:10 for the North-Eastern States.
  • For Union Territories without Legislature, it is 100% central share.
  • Mission Vatsalya scheme supports the children through Non-Institutional Care under Private Aided Sponsorship wherein interested sponsors can provide assistance to children in difficult circumstances.

SOURCE: THE HINDU, THE ECONOMIC TIMES, PIB

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