The event was held by a non-governmental organisation 'Udayan Care' with the ministry of women and child development as knowledge partner, at Amity University here. He said there was a need for more investment towards child rights and development. Speaking about ICPS, a central government scheme for vulnerable children, he said lack of a cadre of professionals impinged on the proper implementation of government policies.
"People who work in the ministry need to have a better understanding of the issues; people who understand the topics take pride in addressing those issues. When I meet people in the ministry of health, department of women and child development or education, I find that many have come from other sectors like civil aviation or tax departments and there is a lack of common knowledge," Theis said. He said the marginalised workers in several government projects was another reason for the delay in implementation of schemes. "They (government departments) hire workers temporarily; they are not permanent and poorly paid. This marginalises the field workers and the most affected ones. In developed countries, the pressure comes from the workforce," he said, adding that social workers are not respected in India.
He said states were not using funds from the Centre because they don't have the infrastructure, staff and institutions. Dr Kiran Modi from Udayan Care said that the number of children looking for adoption is four times the number of people looking for adoption.