State commission for protection of child rights (SCPCR) has written to chief minister Harish Rawat informing about the pending work related to children in the education, social welfare, labour and home department. The letter dated February 21, has highlighted how Uttarakhand is lagging behind other states in providing security to its own children.
“There are four departments - labour, education, home and social welfare - where child related work is pending. I have written to the CM asking him to immediately order the completion of all pending works. These are extremely important for child protection in the state,” Ajay Setia, president of SCPCR, told HT.
The letter, a copy of which is with HT, has listed eight points for the social welfare department. Along with demand of reconstitution of juvenile justice board (JJB), the commission demanded to reconstitute the district child welfare committees. The SCPCR letter also advocated constituting the state adoption resource agency, registration of all children’s homes, construction of homes for children in every district and to constitute child committees under the Indian penal code.
The Supreme Court had asked to submit the status of the JJ board and children’s homes in Uttarakhand by February 16. But, the social welfare officials did not bother to reply to the SC.
The commission asked the labour department to conduct a survey of child labour in Uttarakhand and thereafter prepare a plan for their rehabilitation. The commission also advocated constituting a task force in each district so that children in need could immediately be provided help. A detailed action plan was also demanded to wipe out child labour in the state.
The public works department should give its contract only to those who do not use children as labour, the SCPCR added. For the education department, the commission demanded to identify those schools where only one teacher is deployed. As per the Right to Education Act, there should be at least two teachers in every government school.