The state government has allowed the Unique Home orphanage for girl children to run an adoption centre. The institution has been recognised for five years.
The orphanage, working under the name of Bhai Ghanayya Ji Charitable Trust, has been accorded recognition for running a specialised adoption agency by the Punjab governor.
The Centre now can regulate adoption of Indian children under the guidelines governing the adoption of children by the ministry of women and child development under sub-section 2 of section 41 of Juvenile Justice (care and protection of children) Act.
Meanwhile, the inmates of orphanage saw the outside world for the first time in a week. This was after the district administration gave written permission to the management.
Managing director of the orphanage, Prakash Kaur, said the children were very happy at the development.
The inmates had been confined inside the orphanage since last Tuesday, after the district administration took control over it.
The administration initially had planned to shift all the inmates to other orphanages in city citing that the deputy director, social security and women and child development Rajnish Kumar Jasra during the inspection of home on June 5 had found that the institution was working without legal sanction.
However, after resistance from local people, the administration abandoned the plan and decided to take charge of the orphanage until the legalities of running the centre are completed.