Deputy Commissioners of all the districts have been directed to conduct an immediate background check of NGOs which are running child care institutions (CCI) across the State, along with police verification of the employees.
A letter issued by secretary of State Women, Chid Development and Social Securities Department, Amitabh Kaushal directs Deputy Commissioners (DCs) of all the 24 districts to ensure that all the CCIs registered in the state are operated as per the norms of Juvenile Justice Act, 2015 and Jharkhand Juvenile Justice Rules, 2017.
The letter has been issued following the incidents and developments in the last eight months, rights from the scandalous ‘baby selling’ case at Nirmal Hriday, a branch of Missionaries of Charity, to inspection of shelter homes by Jharkhand State Commission for Protection of Child Rights.
JSCPCR conducted inspection of 120 CCIs in the month of August and September 2018 and submitted the report to the department which mentioned that 31 CCIs were violating JJ Act norms. Following this warning was given by the department to 15 CCIs while registration of 16 CCIs, including Nirmal Hriday, was cancelled in mid January this year.
Now, with the irregularities coming to light, the department is all set to ensure that these violations are not repeated, keeping which is mind the letter was issued.
The letter directs DCs to ensure that details of children living in CCIs is provided to child welfare committees on a monthly basis, CCTV cameras are installed at CCIs, providing computer, telephone and vocational training facilities at every CCI and preparing an individual child care plan for each child living in the CCI.
The letter said, "During the inspection of JSCPCR many CCIs were found having lack of medical facilities, space, vocational training, poor maintenance of toilets and others. All these facilities should be provided at the CCIs."
The letter also directs regular inspection of all the CCIs to ensure that no child is facing any kind of abuse. A copy of an advisory issued by the Union Government to be followed by district administration in case of abuse of children in any child care institution has also been sent along with the letter for the DCs.
Another letter issued by the secretary directs the DCs to ensure that a female superviosr and a child development project officer is registered with CCIs in the respective district.
These officers will conduct regular inspection of CCIs and interact with the children to know about the realtime situation. "They will ensure that the children in CCIs under the ambit of their district are not abused and if any incident as such comes to light, they will be held responsible," the letter said.
The letter also directs the DCs to provide a list of all the CDPOs and female supervisors to the department so that they can be trained and monitored.