The objective of this programme is to prevent destitution of children and thus there is provision for shelter, nutrition, health care, education and vocational guidance for orphaned and destitute children throughout the State. Orphan and destitute children in the age group upto 18 years (for boys) and upto 25 years (for girls) are covered. This scheme is a State Government initiative and is implemented through Voluntary Organizations/NGOs.
There are 85 orphanages running in the State in 28 districts with 5603 inmates. Of these 85 orphanages, 6 orphanages are managed by the Orissa State Council for Child Welfare (OSCCW), while the remaining 79 are managed by NGOs/Voluntary Organizations. From 7th August 2004 Government have been pleased to increased the maintenance grant from Rs.300/- to Rs.500/- per inmate per month.
During 2006-07, an amount of Rs.78.49 lakhs has been provided in the Plan Budget under State Plan and Rs.266.69 lakhs under Non Plan for maintenance of various orphanages.
An amount of Rs.1.50 crores has been provided during 2005-06 under the RLTAP for KBK and Rs1.00 crore under State Plan for this Scheme.