Govt, apex child rights body asks states to ensure rehab for children orphaned in pandemic | India News – Times of India

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NEW DELHI: After the union ministry of women and child development the National Commission for Protection of Child Rights has written to chief secretaries of all states and union territories drawing attention to the need to rehabilitate and secure children who have lost both their parents in the Covid-19 pandemic.
The WCD ministry in a letter to states dated April 30 has asked chief secretaries to direct the district magistrates to take immediate action to rehabilitate children orphaned in the pandemic and ensure that they are produced before the Child Welfare Committees within 24 hours.
The ministry also wants the chief secretaries to ask the district magistrate to review the action taken regarding these children on a daily basis and submit a report to the state government. The state commission for protection of child rights may also be involved in monitoring the status of these children. The chief secretaries have been requested to carry out periodic reviews to enable proper rehabilitation and a report may be submitted to the ministry on a weekly basis.
The NCPCR in a letter on May 2 reiterates that it must be ensured that children who may have become orphaned due to death of both parents from Covid-19 must be produced before the child protection authorities of the district and information about these children must be shared with the authorities.
In the letter, NCPCR chief Priyank Kanoongo states that the Commission has been made aware of instances “where it has been seen that many NGOs are advertising about children who have become orphaned after losing both their parents to COVID19”. Citing provisions of the Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children) Act, 2015, the Commission has asked states that “these children must be produced before the Child Welfare Committees so that necessary orders for care of the child can be passed.”
“It is necessary for every individual, entity, organisation, NGO to ensure that if any such information is received for orphaned and abandoned children by them during these COVID times, then the same must be informed to the Childline – 1098 and the child must be produced before the CWC of the district,” it is stated. The information about children who are abandoned or orphaned may also be shared with National Commission for Protection of Child Rights either through email (cp.ncpcr@nic.in) or through telephone (011-23478250) and with respective state commissions,” it is stated.



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