ISLAMABAD - Owing to the delay in funds transfer of the promised amount to the government from the Friends of Pakistan, five schemes of Ministry of Social Welfare and Special Education including the mega project of establishment of 20 Child Projection Centres have hit snags. Under the mega project of worth Rs 500 million, Child Protection Centres in 20 districts were proposed where crimes against children were on rise. Earlier, due to the severe financial crunch, the Ministry was forced to drop the project. Later, it was included in the list of the projects approved by FoP to be provided funding. The programme is one of the five projects that were approved to be provided funding by the Friends of Pakistan. The projects include, Rehabilitation of Programme for Senior Citizens, National Programme on Special Education, Establishment of National Shelter Workshop for persons with Disabilities, Community Awareness for Behavior Change to Disabled and National Child Protection Centers projects, The project was due to start in June and the Ministry was told that soon after getting the funds allocation, the required amount would be given to it but still the Ministry was waiting for the amount to be released said an official of the Ministry requesting not to be named. With having both Child Protection Policy and Child Protection Bill in hand the Ministry is trying to get execute this project as soon as possible. As before implementation of the Policy and Bill it is necessary to have basic infrastructure, the official added. According to the official the idea behind establishing the Child Protection Centre was to make implementation of the upcoming policy effective. It is worth mentioning here that the number of child protection centers in Pakistan is not enough to provide protection to the destitute children, and only five child centres are operational.