The Minister of Women and Child Development Smt. Krishna Tirath today stated in Rajya Sabha the National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR) has registered 2941 cases of offences as on 17.11.2011, out of which 1193 cases have been settled during the last four years. NCPCR has been performing its statutory functions as detailed under Section 13 of The Commissions for Protection of Child Rights Act, 2005. NCPCR taken up various child rights issues, such as, corporal punishment, child labour, malnutrition, right to education, HIV/AIDS and protecting rights of children in areas of civil unrest. NCPCR is implementing the Bal Bandhu Scheme in areas of civil unrest. It has also conducted inspections/inquiry visits to Children’s Homes on the directions of the Hon’ble Delhi High Court and has made recommendations on participation of children in reality shows.
The Model Rules, 2007 framed under the Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children) Act, 2000, provide for standards of care for children in the institutions. The Rules inter alia specify standards for physical infrastructure, clothing, bedding, nutrition & diet, as well as rehabilitation measures such as education, vocational training, counselling etc. The State Governments/UT Administrations are required to run the institutions as per the provisions of the Act and the Rules framed thereunder. No survey has been conducted in this regard by the Government, in the Ministry of Women and Child Development.
Prior to 2009-10, the Ministry of Women and Child Development was providing financial assistance to a State Governments/UT Administrations for maintenance of Homes of various types under the Scheme ‘A Programme for Juvenile Justice’. The Scheme has been merged into Integrated Child Protection Scheme (ICPS) since 2009-10 with substantially enhanced financial, infrastructure and staffing norms, with the objective of improving the quality services in the Homes, including juvenile Homes. The ICPS inter-alia also provides for construction/upgradation of Homes, as well as supports rehabilitation measures besides food, shelter, education for children in difficult circumstances including girls in juvenile homes.
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