|State Child Protection Society to strengthen vigilance mechanism|
MANGALDAI, Sept 12 - With rise in cases of violence against children against the backdrop of the COVID-19 pandemic, the State Child Protection Society (SCPS), a sister concern of the State Social Welfare Department, which looks into issues related to care and protection of children under the Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children) Act, 2015 is strengthening its field-level monitoring and vigilance mechanism.
This was informed by Prabir Chandra Kakati, the new secretary of the State Social Welfare Department who also holds the post of member secretary, SCPS, Assam, during his visit to Darrang district.
He said outreach monitoring and vigilance mechanism of SCPS has now been intensified with more focus on visits of state-level officials to different districts at regular intervals and collecting feedback from the ground level.
“We are trying to develop an effective outreach mechanism where our state-level officials can make visits to majority of the districts at regular intervals, possibly once in a week. There, they will talk to our stakeholder bodies to assess the grassroots scenario to work on it at a fast pace,” Kakati said.
He assured to take all corrective measures to check child trafficking in the name of private adoption under the age-old act like Hindu Adoptions and Maintenance Act (HAMA) and Guardianship Act and promote legal adoption under the child friendly Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children) Act, 2015.
The issue of illegal racket of birth certificate registration was also raised before the member secretary by the stakeholder bodies and he took serious note of it.
In recent times, Darrang district has recorded many incidents of violence against children, illegal adoption, rescue of a newborn victim from the trafficking racket and DNA test of an expired baby of a 12-and-a-half-year-old survivor, among others.
The member secretary also visited the Specalised Adoption Agency of Crystal Vision and Kasturi Sishu Griha of Mahila Kalyan Samaj here which are running under the Integrated Child Protection Scheme, Government of India. Kakati was accompanied by a team of officials from SCPS and State Adoption Resource Authority, Assam.