GUWAHATI, April 20 - Following the incident of a minor being allegedly beaten up ‘mercilessly’ at a children’s home located at Sonapur, the Kamrup Metro district administration today said initiatives would be taken to regulate private hostels, orphanages and child care homes.
“All children homes, hostels and orphanages are to operate only with registration from the district administration. There will be a district level inspection committee to inspect and submit a report on the existing homes and orphanages,” said Dr M Angamuthu, Deputy Commissioner of Kamrup Metro.
He said that all homes, orphanages and hostels in the district will have to provide details regarding inmates to the district administration.
“District administration will designate a district social welfare officer and district child welfare committee as the competent authority for registration and grievance redressal. There will be a capacity building programme on child protection and other welfare measures for the existing homes and orphanages. Special care will be given for the orphanages, homes and hostels, where women and girls and children were admitted,” said the DC.
He said a district level inspection committee comprising a team of officials from administration, police, social welfare department and Guwahati Municipal Corporation (GMC) will soon visit the orphanages, homes and hostels across the district for ensuring a safe environment to the inmates, particularly women and children and submit its report to the DC.
“A team of experts will be formed to take care of various grievances of the inmates. Proper orientation about proper health care and other emergency provisions like fire safety will be factored in toto,” said Dr Angamuthu.