National Awards for Child Welfare 2015,2016 Notification and Guidelines

Nominations/Proposals Called for National Awards for Child Welfare 2015  and 2016

National Award for Child Welfare: The Ministry of Women and Child Development has instituted a National Award for Child Welfare to give recognition to individual and Institutions who make outstanding contribution towards child welfare. National Award for Child Welfare 2015 and 2016 will be given to 3 Individuals and 5 institutions for each year who have worked for the welfare of children for some years. Paid Officers of Institutions will not be eligible for selection. So, Send the nominations of suitable individuals and institutions directly " Ministry of Women and Child Development GOI under intimation to the Govt. Of AP. In order to encourage the voluntary sector, the Government of India in 1979 started a scheme of giving National Awards to deserving institutions and individuals for their outstanding performance in the field of child welfare.  The Scheme was started with a view to give recognition to such voluntary action.  Each year five institutions and three individuals are honoured with this prestigious Award.   The National Award for Child Welfare includes the following:
  - cash prize of Rs. 3 lakh for each institution
  - Rs. 1 lakh for each individual and
  - A certificate for each institution and individual.
The applications for the Awards are received through State Governments. Detailed guidelines as follows


National Awards for Child Welfare guidelines:
The United Nations had declared 1979 as the “International Year of the Child”. The objectives of the “International Year of the Child”, as delineated in the United Nations General Assembly Resolution of 21 December 1976, were as follows:
a) To provide a framework for advocacy on behalf of children and for enhancing the awareness of the special needs of children on the part of decision-makers and the public.
b) To promote recognition of the fact that programmes for children should be an Integral part of economic and social development plans with a view to achieving, in both the long term and the short term, sustained activities for the benefit of children at the national/international levels.

India has been one of the leading nations to espouse the cause of the children and promote the efforts of the international community that led to the declaration of 1979 as the “International Year of the Child”. The advocacy of the cause of the children and the enhanced emphasis on the programmes for the welfare of children were not confined to the year 1979 alone. Rather, the International Year of the Child was the jumping board to promote programmes of a larger dimension and create a greater awareness in the nation for the cause of children.

Voluntary efforts have a special place in the total efforts of the country to promote the well being of the children. A number of voluntary organizations are already engaged in this work. The dimension of voluntary action and its importance in the country are expected to grow with time.

As a system of state recognition of voluntary efforts for the cause of children, the Govt. of India initiated, in 1979, the scheme of State recognition of voluntary efforts in the cause of children in the country.

The scheme as revised from time to time, now envisages awards to (i) three individuals who have done the best work in the cause of children; and (ii) five institutions that have done the best work in any branch of child welfare.

SCOPE
Separate awards will be presented to individuals who have rendered the best work for the cause of children and to institutions who have rendered the best work for the cause of children in a particular year. There is no objection to an individual and the institution with whom the individual is connected receiving the award in the same year.

NATURE OF AWARDS
The Award for each individual (Maximum three) shall consist of:-
i) A cash prize of Rs.1,00,000/- (Rs.One Lakh)
ii) A citation.

The award to each institution (Maximum five) shall consist:
i) A cash prize of Rs.3,00,000/- (Rs.Three Lakh)
ii) A citation.

PROCEDURE FOR SELECTION
Initially, a Committee appointed by each State/UT will make selection among individuals and institutions in a State/Union Territory. The composition of this Committee will be left to the State Government/Union Territory Administration. They may take into consideration the pattern of composition of the National Selection Committee.

The State/UT Selection Committee will make selections in accordance with the guidelines issued in this regard from time to time.

A National Committee consisting of the following persons will make final selection: -
(i) Minister of Women & Child Development: Chairperson
(ii) Secretary, M/o Women & Child Development: Member
(iii) A representative of the D/o School Education & Literacy: Member
(iv) A representative of the M/o Health & Family Welfare: Member
(v) A representative of the M/o Social Justice & Empowerment: Member
(vi) President, Indian Council for Child Welfare: Member
(vii) President, Indian Academy of Pediatrics: Member
(Viii) Joint Secretary, M/o Women & Child Development: Member-Secretary

Each State Govt./UT Administration will forward its recommendation to Ministry of Women & Child Department taken by 31st July every year. Particulars of the recommended institutions should be furnished in the Performa given at Annexure ‘A’ and those of the individuals in Performa given as Annexure ‘B’. Recommendations received after 31st July will not be considered.

CRITERIA FOR SELECTION FOR INSTITUTIONS
Institutions should be those that are not entirely Government funded. They could be Govt. aided or otherwise. The institutions should have been in the field of child welfare for some years and should have, to their record, a good performance in the field. The branches of institutions working independently will also qualify for selection for the award. The selection will be made solely on the basis of quality of performance and the number of children served by the institution.

FOR INDIVIDUALS
The individuals to be selected for the award should have worked for the cause of children for some years. Paid officers of the institutions will not be eligible for selection. The sole basis of selection will be the quality of work performed by the individual for the cause of children and its significance of the cause.

DATE OF AWARDS
The awards will be announced on Children’s Day14th November every year and will be given away in New Delhi on a convenient date and time.

PROCEDURE FOR MAKING THE AWARDS
The selected individuals and representatives of the Institutions on behalf of the institutions selected for the awards should receive the awards personally. They will be paid travelling and daily allowances/actual expenditure incurred, by them.
The last date for submission of applications:20-07-2016
National Awards for Child Welfare 2015  and 2016 Notification
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