Rawalpindi - In order to curb the menace of beggary and child labour, Punjab government has decided to build a shelter home for orphans and ran away children to provide them better future opportunities.

A total of 40 kanals land has also been acquired in Kotli Sattian by the government for the purpose where a summer school and vocational training centre would also be constructed, said a high up of Child Protection Bureau Rawalpindi (CPBR) while talking to The Nation on Wednesday. He added that a local landlord donated the land to government for this noble cause.

He further said that the CPBR Chairperson Saba Sadiq had seen the land during a visit to Kotli Sattian and took the decision of building school and vocational training centre, he said.

When contacted, CPBR Managing Director (MD) Rao Khalid confirmed the development saying the government has decided to build school and centre for homeless and orphan children in Kotli Sattian. He said that the school and centre would provide shelter to more than 1000 children and soon the summary would be forwarded to government for funds.

After completion, apart from imparting basic education, the children would be taught vocation skills to enable them to earn livelihood after completing education, he said adding that currently, the existing CPBR building that provided shelter to around 250 orphans and ran away children who would be shifted to newly constructed building.

Talking about child protection, MD said that the government has set up call centre 1121. “If someone sees children sent on forced begging, children working houses or any kind of exploitation, people should immediately call on help line, CBPR teams would reach the spot and ensure the protection of the child,” he said.

He was of view that crackdown was planned against forced begging in Rawalpindi.