Government today said Maoists were recruiting children from poor families and indoctrinating them under the garb of socio-political education in Naxal-hit districts.
Replying to a question in Lok Sabha, Minister of State (Women and Child Development) Krishna Tirath said, "The Naxalites have constituted 'Bal Dastas/Bal Sangham/Bal Manch' etc. As a part of mass mobilisation."
"The CPI-Maoists are recruiting children from families of poor and backward segments of society and indoctrinating them under the garb of socio-political education," Tirath said,
To bring stability to these children, the National Commission of Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR) was implementing the "Bal Bandhu" scheme, she said.
The NCPCR was running its Bal Bandhu scheme in nine districts of five states with support from Prime Minister's National relief Find, she said.
Highlighting the contributions of the scheme, Tirath gave details that till September 2011, 591 schools had been made functional and 7138 children were enrolled in schools. Another 146 children were tracked and restored to their families under the scheme, she informed the Lok Sabha.
Replying to another question on child rights, Tirath said that till now 23 states and Union Territories had not set up State Commission for protection of Child rights (SCPCR). The Commissions for Protection of Child Rights (CPCR) Act 2005 provides that all states constitute SCPCR, she said.
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