India hails charity initiative

NEW DELHI — India has strongly commended the ‘Dubai Cares’ initiative of His Highness Shaikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, saying such resourcefulness would encourage countries, organisations and individuals to work towards the cause of goodwill and benevolence.

By Khaleej Times Report

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Published: Sun 23 Sep 2007, 9:05 AM

Last updated: Sun 5 Apr 2015, 5:12 AM

The government and non-government organisations and activists in the region feel Shaikh Mohammed’s gesture would help poor children come out of poverty and suffering from constant physical and mental abuse.

India’s Minister for Women and Child Development Renuka Chowdhury says: “Dubai Cares is a brilliant act of generosity. We welcome the initiative. India has a stringent policy in place for child development, welfare, protection, food and nourishment, but a lot needs to be achieved despite some of the best initiatives like Integrated Child Development Scheme (ICDS) representing one of the world’s largest programmes for early childhood development.”

Says Priti Patkar of ‘Prerana,’ an NGO that works among under-privileged, abused and sexually-exploited children: “It is a very welcome announcement by the Dubai Ruler. Such funding is needed even in cities like Mumbai where there are a growing number of children who are being deprived of primary education.”

Patkar feels that Shaikh Mohammed’s gesture is something that should be emulated by other world leaders. “It is good to know that though a lot of resources are being allocated for the development of Dubai’s infrastructure, the rulers also think of the under-privileged in other countries and want to do something for their upliftment.”

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