25 January 2017 Current Affairs: The Union Ministry of Women & Child Development (WCD) on 24 January 2017 released the National Action Plan for Children 2016 (NPAC) on the occasion of the National Girl Child Day 2017.
The action plan was developed by the Union Ministry of Women & Child Development itself with an aim to ensure optimum health, education and success of the children as well as to contribute to the development of their talents.
Highlights : The Action Plan will work in four key priority areas including- survival, health and nutrition, education and development and fourth one being protection and participation.
It clearly defines the objectives, sub-objectives, action points, strategies and indicators for measuring progress under these four key priority areas.It also identifies the key stakeholders for the implementation of different strategies.
It puts main focus on new and emerging concerns for children such as online child abuse, children who are affected by natural and man-made disasters and climate change, etc.
The strategies and action points of the action plan largely draw upon the existing programmes and schemes of various Ministries/Departments. Moreover, it also suggests formulation of new programmes and strategies, if required, for the new and emerging issues related to children. It takes into account the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of the United Nations (UN) and provides a roadmap towards achieving them through co-ordination and junction with various stakeholders.
The National Policy for Children, that was launched in the year 2013, provides for formation of a National Co-ordination and Action Group (NCAG) under the Union Ministry of Women and Child Development.
It looked forward for creating the NCAG with an aim to coordinate and implement the plan and monitor the progress with other Ministries which are considered as its members.