The National Policy for Children 2012 has recently been drafted by the Ministry of Women and Child Development. The revised draft policy reiterates the government's obligation towards children and to take on new challenges, seeking to realize the full potential of children’s rights throughout the country.
As per the new draft policy:
- A child is defined as a person below the age of 18 years
- It recognizes the unassailable and innate rights of the child and aims to realize the full range of child rights for all children in the country.
- It is the right of every child to be safeguarded against hunger, deprivation and malnutrition
- It is the obligation of the state to protect the rights and entitlement of children in adverse circumstances such as migration, displacement, disasters and communal violence.
When was the first National Policy on Children constituted?
- The first National Policy on Children was constituted in 1974. The policy described children as a supremely important asset and made the state accountable for providing equal opportunities for growth and development of all children. The prime focus of the policy was health and education of the children.