Constitution of State Level General Council and Executive Committee on the pattern of National Early Childhood Care and Education (ECCE) Council approved 13-02-2015
Chandigarh, February 13- Haryana Chief Minister, Mr Manohar Lal has approved the constitution of State Level General Council and Executive Committee on the pattern of National Early Childhood Care and Education (ECCE) Council for holistic and integrated development of the young children in the age group of 0-6 years with requisite quality. Stating this here today, an official spokesman said that the objective of the Council would be achieved by establishing a comprehensive ECCE system and developing an integrated framework that would contribute to strengthen the foundation of ECCE programme. State Level General Council would lay the system of early childhood care and education and strengthening the foundation of ECCE programme in the State. About the functions of Council, he said that the Council would issue strategic directions and advisories to the Government for improvising the implementation of policies and in the matter of preparation of suitable plans and programmes of Government with regard to early childhood care and education. He said that the Council would lay down the guidelines to bring in equity and rational methods in ECCE service delivery and ensure optimum ECCE services for all young children. The function of the Council is to examine and review periodically the implementation of the norms, guidelines and standards laid down by the Council. The council would also set norms and standards for play equipment, play materials, play space, furniture, books, children’s literature etc used by ECCE programmes. He said that the Council would have wider representations from all converging departments, representatives of NGOs, civil society organizations, professionals, practitioners, academics, child rights activists and others. The 12-members Council would have Women and Child Development Minister as chairperson and its other members included Secretary, Finance and Planning, Additional Chief Secretary, Women and Child Development, Chairperson, State Commission for Protection of Child Rights, Principal Secretaries of Health and Medical Education, Social Justice and Empowerment and Development and Panchayat and Rural Development, Director (ICDS) Women and Child Development, representative of Government of India dealing with ECCE, three Deputy Commissioners (on rotation after every two years), experts from Homes Science College, Chaudhary Charan Singh Haryana Agricultural University, Hisar and Director, SCERT, Gurgaon. He said that the Executive Committee of the state councils would be established according to National ECCE Policy and would perform the overall monitoring of the implementation in the districts and below level. The Executive Committee would execute and implement the decisions of the Governing (General) Council. It would be empowered to implement the decisions of the Council.