Category Center for Work and Welfare

Pradhan Mantri Poshan Shakti Nirman 2021 (PM POSHAN)

Pradhan Mantri Poshan Shakti Nirman 2021 (PM POSHAN)

PM POSHAN earlier known as the National Programme of mid-day meal in schools is one of the foremost rights based centrally sponsored schemes under the National Food security act, 2013 (NFSA). It provides one hot cooked meal to all school children studying in classes I-VIII in government and government-aided schools. The scheme covers about 11.8 crore children studying in 11.2 lakh schools across the country. The scheme is proposed to be extended to students studying in pre-primary or Balvatikas. The concept of Tithi Bhojan will be encouraged extensively. Tithi Bhojan is a community participation programme in which people provide special food to children on special occasions/festivals. 
Child Labour: Status and Policy in India

Child Labour: Status and Policy in India

Child labour in India persists primarily due to poverty, unemployment, and socio-economic conditions forcing children to contribute to family income. Urban migration exacerbates this issue, leading to children taking up menial work. Due to insufficient government reporting, reliance is placed on various NGOs' reports. Government efforts, such as the National Child Labour Project (NCLP), have faltered due to funding deficiencies, leading to the closure of schools meant for rehabilitated child labourers. A significant issue remains the employment of children above 14 years in hazardous work, affecting their schooling and future job prospects. The author suggests incorporating trade learning and skill development to better engage children above 14 years in schooling and improve their job opportunities.