ISLAMABAD - After completion of scrutiny process of the first-ever National Child Protection Bill, the Ministry of Social Welfare and Special Education has requested the Finance Division in writing to examine the bill and forward necessary concurrence so the proposed bill can be presented before cabinet for consideration. As the ministry has planned to establish a "Child Protection Fund" under the proposed bill and for this it needs a specific amount of money on regular basis from Finance Division, said a ministry's official while talking to Thenation. "We are expecting Finance Division to respond within a week so we can move further" said a ministry official" while talking to TheNation. While strongly advocating for the bill he said, "It has been drafted after intensive consultation with all stakeholders to provide institutional framework for child protection and a conducive environment for their growth, and they have agreed to the contents of the bill. It took almost two years to the Ministry of Social Welfare and Special Education to complete both the Child Protection Policy and Child Protection Bill, he further added. Child protection legislation is a provincial matter and Punjab already has the Punjab Destitute and Neglected Children Bill 2004. While the other three provinces Balochistan, NWFP, Sindh are still without any legislation, he added. So the bill would be implemented in federal areas as well in other three provinces, where it is needed immediately, he continued. National Commission on Child Welfare and Development has prepared the National Child Protection Bill 2009 to effectively implement recommendations of UN committee and to fulfil national, regional and international commitments regarding child rights. The bill seeks to provide requisite statutory status to the commission for effectively performance, supervision and coordination of child rights matters including establishment of Child Rights Fund for protection of children. According to the ministry official, after getting green signals form Finance Division the bill would be presented before cabinet for approval. The Child Protection Bill will cover all issues related to child protection such as institutional support, family rehabilitation and awareness raising. The bill also aimed at establishing centres on district level on the pattern of National Child Protection Centre Islamabad. The centres would rescue and recover children suffering from violence and abuse. It also seeks to provide them rehabilitation and reintegrate them in mainstream society.