POONCH: Deputy Commissioner, Poonch Mohammad Hussain Malik, chaired a meeting of the District Child Protection Committee (DCPC), here today.
Senior Superintendent of Police, Shamsheer Hussain Choudhary, Assistant District Development Commissioner, Arvind Sharma, Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Mumtaz Bhatti, District Social Welfare Officer, Qadeer Rehman and several other members of DCPC attended the meeting.
Financial assistance to the tune of Rs-615000/- was approved and disbursed by the DCPC to twenty conflict affected children injured in border shelling, mine blasts and militancy related incidents in the meeting facilitated by National Development Foundation (NDF), an organization working for child welfare for the last more than 20 years. NDF provided this support in partnership with Save the Children and with support from European Commission. Apart from the cash assistance, this year NDF is also providing livelihood support to around 105 families in Rajouri and Poonch district in partnership with Save the Children and with support from EC.
The Deputy Commissioner expressed satisfaction over the process followed by NDF for identification of the children at gross root level. While interacting with the injured children he felt the need of linkages of these children with different organizations for their complete treatment. He asked CMO Poonch to organize a referral camp in collaboration with NDF and conduct the screening of all these children and recommend the treatment. “On the basis of the recommendations, these children can be linked to various institutions even outside the state, if required, for their complete treatment”, said Mr. Malik.
He also asked CMO to provide disability certificates to all the injured children during referral camp so that they can be linked with other key compensation and social protection schemes.
Senior Superintendent of Police who is also Vice Chairman of DCPC lauded the role of NDF, Save the Children and EC for working at ground level and providing benefits to the actual beneficiaries. He added that it is very important to support such conflict affected families on time as it can help these people for their proper treatment. He added that most of the people living in border and far flung areas are poor and they have lost their limbs due to incomplete and timely treatment. He assured full support of Police Department to NDF for this noble cause.