Street children to get Aadhaar card, birth certificate

Chennai: Women and Child Development Minister Maneka Gandhi said here on Tuesday that street children will be given birth certificate and Aadhaar cards.

Speaking at a function organised by Dayaa Foundation, a non-governmental organisation, Gandhi said the Women and Child Development Ministry will start a new initiative for providing birth certificates and Aadhaar cards to street children across the country.

She said the initiative will help the street children to obtain an identity for their future use to move ahead in life.

Appreciating the NGO’s initiative to set up a citizen council for child safety, Gandhi spoke about the measures taken by the central government for safety, protection and care of children.

She also held regional consultation with the civil society organisations on the draft ‘Trafficking of Persons Bill, 2016’ in which 21 NGOs and the Tamil Nadu government participated.

The NGOs suggested that the time-line for repatriation of trafficked victims should be included in the act itself. Similarly, begging is an important area where trafficking is rampant and should be taken up seriously under the act.