Guj better than others in protecting child rights, says NCPCR member

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    Guj better than others in protecting child rights, says NCPCR member

    Expressing shock over the death of 21 children after consuming midday meal in Bihar, member of the National Commission for Protection of Child Rights(NCPCR), Nina Nayak, said on Thursday that Gujarat was among the five best states in terms of protecting child rights.

    Addressing mediapersons after meeting state and district level officials and visiting children's homes, Nayak said though Gujarat was much better compared to other states, a lot still needed to be done.

    She said of the 26 districts, only in Anand, Valsad and Vadodara were all posts in District Child Protection Units (DCPUs) filled, while there was a 30-40 % vacancy in DCPUs in other districts. This, she said, affected monitoring of child rights.

    Nayak attributed the vacant posts to inadequate salary, as staff, recruited on contract basis, was paid only Rs 8,000 to Rs 9,000 per month. "I have asked the state government officials to pay the staff better," she said.

    According to Nayak, the absence of child adoption units in 11 districts was a problem. Nayak also said she asked officials to prepare lists of children of migrants workers between the age of 0-6 years and 6-14 years.

    NGOs too presented suggestions to Nayak with regard to implementation of Integrated Child Protection Scheme (ICPS) in the state. They demanded an additional juvenile home in Ahmedabad, while calling for rehabilitation of beggar children and abolition of the Bombay Prevention of Begging Act, 1959.
     
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