Rajpura, located in the state of Punjab, is an emerging industrial town with a growing number of small scale industries. An hour away from the city of Chandigarh, Rajpura is gradually growing with a number of industries and manufacturing units.
However, the people of Punjab primarily rely on agriculture and about two third of the population still reside in rural areas. The state sees many migrants from different Indian states because of its economic growth, but it results in informal settlements and substandard living conditions. People living in slums do not have proper access to sanitation and health facilities and are unable to provide for their children’s education. Many children either do not go to school or drop out at an early age. Parents are also often unable to meet the basic material and emotional needs of their children.
The socio economic conditions in Rajpura are making children more vulnerable and in need of care and protection. In Punjab, the situation has also deteriorated because of the drug menace. Drug abuse has led adults to become unable to provide for their families, financially and emotionally, which affects children adversely.