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Government wants ministries to harmonise schemes on unity, peace and child rehab


The Centre wants ministries to reassess schemes they are running for the “promotion of unity, peace and harmony among various sections of society” and those for rehabilitation and assistance to child victims and underprivileged children.

It has suggested a merger of schemes with common objectives, a ‘uniform execution model’ and impact assessment besides plans for a single central authority for execution and monitoring of child rehabilitation/ education measures.

While a meeting was held by the home ministry with the ministry of education and women & child development on April 29, a wider round was called last week with more ministries to broad-base consultations and forge a consensus on the matter, officials in the know said.

In a communication sent to ministries earlier this month, the home ministry has turned its lens on ‘extension activities’ being undertaken by various ministries to take up social, cultural and educational activities for national unity, harmony and peace. The MHA has suggested that such activities be assessed on certain parameters as they involve the masses and especially the youth. The parameters suggested for their assessment are — the categories and types of activities, collaborating partners and outreach, sources of funding, annual budget and number of activities, process of approval, impact assessment of activity besides evaluation of these activities.

The home ministry has proposed that all schemes providing assistance/scholarships to underprivileged children be reassessed. The MHA has proposed that agencies which have provided assistance/scholarships to children of different categories of rehabilitation and education should be brought onto one common platform for sharing of ideas and explore the possibility of constituting a ‘unified and centralised authority’ for executing these schemes. It has said it is necessary to assess their efficacy on common parameters to find a robust and ‘uniform execution model’.

Ministries have been asked to re-examine how their scheme was first formulated, the source of its funding and annual budget, number of beneficiary children, whether the delivery mechanism ensures accountability and transparency, number of channels involved in the delivery mechanism besides the monitoring and valuation of the schemes and their outcome.

It is also proposed that the impact assessment of these schemes be conducted by maintaining a database of assisted children and the post scholarship status of these children.

The MHA has cited the example of the National Foundation for Communal Harmony, an autonomous organisation set up in 1992 under it, to promote communal harmony and national integration besides facilitating physical and psychological rehabilitation of child victims of caste, communal, ethnic or terrorist violence.



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