The Punjab State Council for Child Welfare was established on 06-03-1962 when the composite Punjab State Council for Child Welfare was bifurcated. The Punjab State Council for Child Welfare with its Headquarters at Chandigarh is governed by an Executive committee with His Excellency Governor, Punjab as its President and the Chief Minister, Punjab, as its Vice-President to carry out its activities in the remote areas of the State. It has set up District Councils for Child Welfare in each district of the State
India is home to largest number of children in the world. As per Census 2011, the child population (0-6 years) stands at 164.5 million. Although, compared to Census 2001, the child population has increased by 0.7 million in the Country but there has been a considerable decline in the Child Sex Ratio from 927 (2001) to 918 in the year 2011. Punjab also is one of those States/UTs where child sex ratio is very low.
To enable every child to grow to her/his full potential and become productive and responsible citizen of the Country, his physical, social, mental and emotional needs are to be addressed at appropriate stage and failure to do so can lead to permanent and sometimes irreparable damage to child's personality.
Child Welfare Council, Punjab is committed to the cause of children through various programmes/activities.
Three ICDS Projects and creches provide package of services in such a manner that help children to grow in nurturing and conducive environment. Besides 5 Anganwadi Training Centres provide training to care givers of the above said professional.
Vani School for hearing impaired is taking care of children with special needs and Bal Bhawan, Mohali organizes many activities especially focussing enhancement of creativity and skills among children.
Each year the Council brings out a Souvenir on Children's Day for which articles are invited from District Councils, Anganwadi Workers Training Centres, ICDS Projects and Social Workers etc. alongwith the request to help raising funds through advertisements & donations from their districts and other sources.
This years topics like 'Ill effects of Narcotic and Psychotropic Drugs', 'Child's Right to Participation', 'Save the Child from violence and Insecure Environment', 'Rehabilitative Measures Against Natural Disasters', 'Your Contribution Towards Swachh Bharat Abhiyan' have been addressed on priority.
The Child Welfare Council, Punjab appreciates the efforts made by individuals and District Councils including ICDS Blocks for donating generously for the cause of children. Donation to Child Welfare Council are exempted from Income Tax under section 80-G of the Income Tax Act, 1961
Dr. (Mrs.) Pritam Sandhu