LAHORE: The Punjab Child Protection and Welfare Bureau (CPWB) has finalised the draft of child protection policy whereas the policy will come up with the new editions by the recently hired chairperson of CPWB, Pakistan Today has learnt.
While talking to Pakistan Today, CPWB chairperson Sara Ahmed said, “The draft of the policy was prepared by the previous government but it was lacking some points. We have added various suggestions in the policy which include that the CP&WB will monitor the NGOs who are working on child protection issues. Similarly, it is also added in the policy that the government will give incentives to the parents of child beggars to discourage this curse”.
Sara Ahmed further said, “The draft is ready to be sent to the concerned departments and we hope that the policy will be approved very soon and it will help to protect our children. With the implementation of significant political and legal reforms, we can enhance the progress of the child protection system. I have personally met the chief secretary Punjab to discuss the matters of CP&WB and he assured me that government will fully support in this matter”.
“Chief Minister Sardar Usman Buzdar has also given us the instructions to speed up the work against the child beggary and we are efficiently working on it. Recently we have also conducted the rescue operations against the child baggers and recovered almost 400 minors. With the vision of Prime Minister and our hardworking there is a decrease of 20 per cent in child beggary in Lahore”, she added.
“We are also planning to develop the capacity of other departments especially police on the same issue. Unfortunately, our previous governments were unable to fulfil their role in the child protection system due to the lack of clarity in guidelines and procedures. It is imperative to involve the local community to solve the issues which are related to child protection. The child protection policy will help to stop the child abuse, child labour, child begging and other issues related to child protection”, she concluded.