Registration of Child Care Institutions mandatory under the new JJ Act, 2015: Smt WCD Minister

Registration of Child Care Institutions mandatory under the new JJ Act, 2015: Smt WCD Minister

The Union Minister for Women & Child Development, Smt Maneka Sanjay Gandhi inaugurated the Regional Conference of North Eastern States on Child Adoption in Shillong, Meghalaya today. The Conference was organized by the Central Adoption Resource Authority(CARA) of the WCD Ministry.

Ministers In-charge of Social Welfare and Women & Child Development in the North Eastern States of Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland, Sikkim and Tripura participated in the conference.

Addressing the Conference, Smt Maneka Sanjay Gandhi said that children are the most vulnerable of human beings and their issues need to be looked into with empathy. It is due to this reason that the adoption reforms was the first initiative taken up by the WCD Ministry after the new Government took charge, the Minister explained.

Smt Maneka Gandhi said that this reform process has culminated in the enactment of the Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children) Act, 2015. The new Act lays down timelines for the Child Welfare Committees and Adoption Agencies for various stages of adoption. The Act provides for mandatory registration of Childcare Institutions and linkage with CARA, so that each child becomes ‘adoptable’. The Minister warned that a stringent penalty is provided in Law in case of non-compliance.

Smt Maneka Gandhi advised the adoption agencies to bring children with the agency to adoptable stage immediately. Secondly it must be ensured that the medical reports and home study reports are complete and comprehensive. She also suggested them to use the facility of foster care for children who have crossed the maximum age limit for adoption and also asked them to remain alert regarding trafficking of children.

The WCD Minister highlighted the steps being taken to prevent crimes against women and their empowerment like special Mahila Police Volunteer schemes and panic button in Cell phones. Smt Maneka Gandhi urged that the women and other women Self Help Groups of the North East to make use of the Digital Marketing Portal, Mahil E-Haat of WCD Ministry to market their beautiful products and have direct linkage with the prospective buyers.

About 400 delegates attended the Conference, including the stakeholders from the State Adoption Resource Agencies (SARAs), District Child Protection Units (DCPUs), Child Welfare Committees (CWCs), Specialised Adoption Agencies (SAAs) and Child Care Institutions (CCIs) in the North Eastern States, besides the senior officers from the Ministry of Women & Child Development, Central Adoption Resource Authority (CARA) and the concerned Department of the State Governments in the region.

The conference was organised with a view to familiarize the stakeholders involved in the adoption process in North Eastern States about the provisions relating to adoption under the Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children) Act, 2015 and orient them about the provisions of Adoption Guidelines - 2015 as well as the online adoption process through Child Adoption Resource Information and Guidance System (CARINGS).


Smt Maneka Sanjay Gandhi to launch Beti Bachao, Beti Padho Scheme in additional 61 districts tomorrow
The WCD Minister Smt Maneka Sanjay Gandhi will formally launch the Beti Bachao, Beti Padho scheme in additional 61 districts tomorrow. The Scheme will be launched by the Ministry at a high level conference at Vigyan Bhawan, New Delhi to be attended by Principal Secretaries, Departments of WCD/Social Welfare, Education and Health, Deputy Commissioners/Collectors and District Magistrates from the new 61 BBBP Districts.

The Beti Bachao Beti Padhao Scheme was launched by the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi on 22nd January 2015 and has completed one year of implementation. On completion of its first year, the BBBP scheme is being expanded in additional 61 districts across 11 States/UTs with low Child Sex Ratio.

Secretary, WCD Shri V. Somasundaran will give the details of the progress made under the scheme at the Conference. The Ministry of Health & Family Welfare and Ministry of Human Resource Development will share experiences of their sectoral interventions on improving the Sex Ratio at Birth and initiatives to encourage girl child education.

The Conference will provide an opportunity for experience sharing and will motivate the new districts to plan and execute the programme successfully. Collectors of select BBBP districts from four corners of the country have been invited to share the innovative interventions undertaken in the past one year in an interactive session. Representative civil society partners have also been invited to participate in the Conference.

A walk through exhibition gallery will showcase the journey of the scheme from few representative states and districts. A booklet will be released on this occasion, showcasing the journey of BBBP over the first year of its implementation. This booklet will present innovative local interventions undertaken in the past year in various districts. Community participation is a prerequisite for the success of the scheme. Representatives from the grassroots have also been invited to share their experiences in the movement for gender equality
The Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao scheme is designed to address the issue of declining Child Sex Ratio and related issues of disempowerment of women through a life cycle continuum. Initially launched in select 100 districts (low on CSR), the key elements of the scheme include awareness and advocacy campaign, multi-sectoral action in select 100 districts (low on CSR) and effective enforcement of Pre-Conception & Pre Natal Diagnostic Techniques (PC&PNDT) Act. It is a tri-ministerial initiative of Ministry of Women and Child Development (WCD) with the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare and Ministry of Human Resource Development. The stewardship of District Magistrates/Deputy Commissioners has enabled meaningful innovations at the field level. 

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