Register childcare homes under JJ Act: NCPCR to Bengal | India News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: The National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR) on Tuesday wrote to the West Bengal chief secretary highlighting the findings of a recent inspection of a home where documents related to a meeting from 2018 brought to fore that the state government was still implementing the provisions of ‘The Women’s and Children’s Institutions (Licensing) Act, 1956, which was “in contravention of the policy and principles of child rights”. All children care institutions (CCIs) must be registered under the Juvenile Justice Act 2015.
Currently, 245 CCIs are registered under the Juvenile Justice Act in the state. Citing that it was mandatory for all CCIs to comply with the JJ Act, the NCPCR has sought an action taken report from the state within 10 days.
“The commission, during an inspection of a child care institution in the state, has come across documents which indicate that provisions of The Women’s and Children’s Institutions (Licensing) Act, 1956 are still being followed for CCIs functioning in the state,” NCPCR chief Priyank Kanoongo stated in the letter. He added that the commission came across minutes of a meeting held in November 2018, which discussed the procedure being laid down for registration of CCIs in West Bengal under the 1956 law.
Kanoongo goes on to assert that the applicability of the JJ Act to child care institutions remains an indisputable fact and that all states/UTs have to follow the provisions of this act, irrespective of any other law in force. “Accordingly, in this matter, where the state government is still following the implementation of the provisions of The Act rather than the special enactment for care and protection of children — Juvenile Justice Act, 2015, is observed to be in contravention of the policy and principles of child rights,” the NCPCR chief states.
The letter to Bengal chief secretary comes a day after a controversy broke over the Centre refusing to renew the Missionaries of Charity’s licence to accept foreign donations which evoked sharp reactions, with Bengal CM Mamta Banerjee being one of the first to protest the move.

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