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‘NCO be brought under Ministry of Women, Children and Senior Citizen’

KATHMANDU: Minister for Women, Children and Senior Citizen Tham Maya Thapa today stressed the need for bringing the Nepal Children’s Organisation (NCO) under the ministry. The NCO is currently under the Ministry of Home.
Informing that efforts were on to bring bylaws for the effective enforcement of the Children Act, 2075, she said the standards to operate integrated child homes would be implemented, and a child right council, a state child rights committee and a child rights committee would be formed in all three levels, federal, state and local. She was putting her view at today meeting of the Women and Social Committee under the House of Representatives.
She also stressed the need for increasing budget in the sector of women, children and senior citizens.
Committee president Nirudevi Pal said it was necessary for the Ministry to carry out monitoring how much foreign money comes into the country in the name of protection and care of orphaned children.
Committee members underlined the need of strict monitoring of the child shelter homes and orphanages operating in the country.
Five hundred and thirty three children’s homes are operating in 46 districts at present. The Ministry stated that of these children’s homes, only 179 have taken permission for operation. Fourteen thousand eight hundred and sixty-four children are sheltered in these children’s homes. Among them, 7,194 are boys and 7,670 are girls.
Likewise, out of the 195 children’s homes operating in Kathmandu, the largest number in the country, only 54 have taken permission for operation.

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