MP : Child welfare, juvenile justice units limping
While on papers the SJPU set-ups are all in place, they found during course of study that few were actually functioning.Updated: Jul 05, 2013 10:54 IST
SJPUs set-ups are not according to the norms, some units do not function 24X7 like they should and the Shivpuri unit was on brink of closing down because of financial constraints.
Rekha Sridhar of Hifazat Network while speaking to Hindustan Times said while on papers the SJPU set-ups are all in place, they found during course of study that few were actually functioning.
“However, now we have information that recruitments are being done according to norms,” she said.
She also added that the honorarium for CWC members had been recently hiked to Rs 500 per seating and the CWC were asked to conduct hearings three days in a week (Monday, Wednesday and Friday).
Jaya Singh, associate manager of CRY, said the aim of the study was to bring forth the gaps in the important set-ups related to child welfare and rights.
“We feel that if these units work effectively, situation of children could see considerable positive changes. But the results of the study suggest that until the issues of children come in political focus they would continue to be weak,” Singh said.
Kalpana Srivastava, commissioner (ICPS & women empowerment), said the department is now very intent on implementing the provisions of integrated child protection scheme (ICPS) in letter and spirit.
“All the setups are in place and now we are concentrating on holding trainings for members of all such units and also staff of observation homes and shelter homes as well as our officers/ staff,” the commissioner said. She also provided a list of all the SJPUs along with details of the members to HT.
She added that prominent institutes and NGOs like National Law Institute University are helping in this process and the training module would involve all inputs necessary for effective functioning of these units.