Fr.John Kumar, Director of SW-TN, presented a paper on “Upholding Rights of the Tribal Child Tamil Nadu” during the ‘Round Table on Public Policy and the Child in Tamil Nadu’ organized by The Hindu Centre for Politics and Public Policy and UNICEF on September 2, 2017 at Hindu Board Room, Anna Salai.
Fr. Kumar, Director, Social Watch-Tamil Nadu, calls for pointed interventions for the Tribal child, presenting findings from a case study of Kaadar children. (Click here to refer the detailed paper.)
Abstract: Behind Tamilnadu’s success as a progressive state in providing for its peoples lies the coming together of politics and public policies. Despite an underlying current of universalisation in its redistributive policies, there are pockets that tend to be left out.
Excerpts: …Though Tamil Nadu still can claim that a child born here has better opportunities compared with one born in many other States, this broadly justifiable claim is put to the test when children living in the margins are not able to keep pace with the rest of the population, because of want of focus through specific provisions of budgets and institutional approaches. Currently these are not inclusive enough with respect to Scheduled Castes (SCs) and Scheduled Tribes (STs)…