In an effort to ensure that children living in government-run Children’s Homes receive the best care and facilities, Women and Child Development Minister Ms. Atishi has ordered the immediate inspection of all homes by the department. The orders came in light of the recent surprise visit of the Minister to two children’s homes located in Lajpat Nagar where the homes were found in a state of complete disrepair. The Minister has pulled up the concerned officials and sought a comprehensive report on each of the 25 homes run by the government by May 15 for review.

“Children coming to these homes have horrid pasts and deserve special care and attention. They need to be in such an environment that can motivate them to move ahead in their lives. Providing them an opportunity to lead a dignified life and continue their education is the priority of the Kejriwal government and no laxity will be tolerated in this matter,” said Ms. Atishi.

The WCD Minister further said, “I have ordered the officials to take this matter seriously and work diligently to ensure that the children’s homes are well-maintained and the children are provided with the best care and facilities.”

The Minister added that orders have been given to the WCD department to ensure that these homes are inspected for every minute detail which affects the life of children living there and a detailed report must be submitted to her by May 15. She also directed the officials to ensure that all the eligible children living in government-run children’s homes are enrolled in nearby government schools to continue their education and that a proper staff-to-child ratio is maintained at all homes.

Ms. Atishi emphasised that the Kejriwal government is committed to providing children in government-run Children’s Homes with a safe and secure environment where they can thrive and grow. Any negligence with respect to facilities at these homes will not be tolerated and strict action will be initiated against concerned officials.

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