A joint fast evaluation carried out by the Orissa State Fee Safety of Baby Rights (OSCPCR), UNICEF and the Odisha chapter of Save the Kids organisation has revealed that 57 per cent of avenue kids dwelling in Odisha’s cities have been disadvantaged of free and obligatory training through the pandemic.
The examine additional revealed that round 17 per cent of those kids have been dwelling in unsafe areas underneath unsafe situations and have been uncovered to exploitation in numerous types.
The evaluation was carried out for 972 kids dwelling on the streets of 5 cities — Bhubaneswar, Cuttack, Rourkela, Berhampur and Puri. The quantitative survey said that 47 per cent of those kids have been dwelling on the identical location for greater than 5 years however have been by no means recognized or rehabilitated.
“The concept was to review and perceive the standing of kids who stay off the streets both with their mother and father or with their kinfolk through the pandemic. The examine can even be shared with the state authorities and measures will likely be taken to supply assist to those kids at coverage degree as nicely,” a member of the survey staff mentioned.
The household earnings of those kids ranged between Rs 5,000 to 10,000 – a determine that was severely affected through the lockdown, the examine revealed. The supply of earnings of the households ranged from every day wage contractual labour, rag-picking, begging, working as home helps or as avenue distributors.
The survey additionally touched upon consciousness concerning the pandemic, and located that 87 per cent of the kids have been conscious of Covid-19 and the precautions that one should take to make sure security.
Different findings of the examine said that 56 per cent of the kids sampled had moved locations greater than as soon as through the pandemic to discover a safer place to remain. Round 66 per cent of the households surveyed had no ration playing cards or entry to free ration. Round 5 per cent of the kids have been discovered to be underweight and stunted, whereas 37 per cent have been suspected to lack correct nourishment.