Commission for Protection of Child Rights in offing

Law, Finance Clear Proposal; Draft Bill To be Introduced In Budget Session


Jammu, Oct 23: Amid strong public out cry over lack of juvenile justice and unabated violation of child rights in the state, the state government has initiated the process for constitution of Commission for Protection of Child Rights (CFPCR).
 Highly placed sources told Greater Kashmir that Social Welfare Department has finalized the draft bill and secured the concurrence from the Law and finance Department to introduce it in the next assembly session.
 “Due to certain reasons we could not introduce the bill in the recently concluded autumn session but the same will be presented in the next session to facilitate the establishment of the much needed commission” a top government official said.
 Sources informed that the draft bill finalized by Social Welfare Department proposes the constitution of the state Commission for Protection of Child Rights on the pattern of National Commission for Child Rights .
 “As per draft submitted by Social Welfare Department, the commission will be headed by a Chairman and assisted by four members to deal with cases of child rights” sources said, adding that the main purpose of setting up of commission was to ensure the implementation of Child rights protection laws in the state.
 They said that besides CFPCR, the department of Social Welfare has also planed to set up Juvenile Justice Courts at district levels to deal with juvenile crime.
 They said the mandate of the CFPCR would be to ensure that all laws, policies, programmes and the administrative mechanisms are in consonance with the Child Rights perspective as enshrined in national and international laws, pertaining to the child rights.
 “The commission will have to build public awareness and will create a moral force in the state to stand by children and protect their rights”, sources added.
 “The commission will also have to look at the gaps in the policy framework and legal framework, to make recommendations, to see that rights-based perspective is adhered to by the government, while it makes its policies” sources said, adding that it would also take up specific complaints that would come up before it for redressal of grievances.
 Sources said the Commission would also take up suo-motto cases, summon the violators of child rights, get them presented before the Commission and recommend to the government or the Judiciary for action after conducting inquiry. They said the Commission would arm itself with proper research and documentation and substantiate information regarding ill treatment being meted out to the children in the state.
 Confirming the government move, the commissioner secretary Social Welfare Department Jeet Lal Gupta, said that the department has received the concurrence from both law and Finance departments and the bill would be presented in the next assembly session.

Lastupdate on : Tue, 23 Oct 2012 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Tue, 23 Oct 2012 18:30:00 GMT
Lastupdate on : Wed, 24 Oct 2012 00:00:00 IST

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