HC pulls up social welfare department on sordid state of orphanages

HC pulls up social welfare department on sordid state of orphanages

Srinagar: The J&K high court on Monday directed law secretary and social welfare department to file a status report regarding facilities provided to the children at the orphanage centres on next hearing.
A division bench headed by Chief Justice Badar Durrez Ahmed and Justice Ali Mohammad Magrey remarked it is the right of the children to have facilities and education besides proper food and maintenance of hygiene.
“The government has to provide all these facilities as it is not kind of begging but it is right of children,” Chief Justice Badar Durrez Ahmed said.
The court while hearing the petitioner counsel was informed that the children taking mid meals at orphanage centres are not given sufficient diet as per their schedule.The counsel said the children are not getting what is required.
The court directed the state to file a compliance report of diet in tabular form on next date of hearing. The court also passed direction to take an expert opinion of dietician or nutritionist to show up what sort of diet should be provided to the children and whether they are getting it properly or not.
The court also pressed for proper care of the children at orphanage centres with regards to their physical and mental growth.
On previous hearing, the Amicus Curie had recommended repairs to the orphanage buildings, electric fittings, installation of motor for water supply, construction of water tanks for storage, repairs of sanitary fittings especially in girls section, providing cupboards in rooms, engaging washer-man for washing uniforms, helper
for washing utensils, deployment of efficient teachers, arranging medical facilities and regular medical check-ups, maintenance of proper records of admissions and discharge of inmates and providing effective and functional sports facilities.

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