A bill introduces in Himachal Assembly to provide accommodation to Orphans 

Himachal Pradesh Government today introduced new legislation in the state assembly to establish Sukhashrya and provide accommodation to children and orphans who attain 18 yrs of age. The new provision would put an additional burden of Rs 272.27 on the state exchequer.  

The draft of the bill was cleared in the council of Minister of Sukhinvder Singh Sukh on Tuesday and was today introduced in the state assembly by the Social Justice and Women Empowerment Minister Dr. Dhani Ram Shandil in the state assembly on Wednesday. The State Government already constituted a fund of Rs 101 Crore to create the new provisions. Siting the reason and objective of the bill, the Minister said that Children are the future of the nation therefore it is mandatory to instill rich moral virtues in the children.

Children should be molded from a young age properly so that they can become productive and responsible citizens of the country.  Many children attaining the age of eighteen years do not have a home or place to live and are forced to beg and live in the streets.  Many children even do not possess the resources to pursue higher education.  

He said that the State of Himachal Pradesh is committed to the welfare of its children.  It intends to establish Sukhashraya to provide accommodation to children and orphans.  The State also intends to make provisions for the care, protection, and self-reliance of the children residing in the Sukhashrayas and this has necessitated to enact of the proposed legislation.  The bills also proposed to constitute Children Welfare Committee on the state and district levels. The bill would be discussed and cleared tomorrow on the last day of the session. According to the government about 6000 children who have attained the age of 18 and above have no shelter of their own to live in the state would be facilitated by this move. 

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