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A situational review conducted by Plan during May in 2005 of children living and working on eight railway stations from Hazrat Nizamuddin to Bhopal yielded some important insights on the conditions and struggles of children living on stations and railway platforms. The study found that these children survived in very vulnerable situations that included begging, rag picking, selling refilled water bottles, shoe shining, sweeping, vending or performing on the trains. There was no secure place for children to keep their money or other belongings. Though a large number of these children were addicted to drugs they wanted to break out of the addiction and needed support for this.
The opinion of people and authorities on these children was extremely negative. There was very limited knowledge and awareness of Juvenile Justice System and the Child Welfare Committees (CWCs) had not been established in many districts.
Dreams on Wheels is being implemented in Delhi and Uttar Pradesh (Agra, Jhansi and Mathura). The project works on direct action with children, sensitising the stakeholders and advocating for child friendly policies.