Jammu: Minister for Social Welfare Sajad Gani Lone on Wednesday chaired a high level review meeting with secretaries of various departments to streamline and strengthen the supporting structures under J&K Juvenile Justice Act, 2013.
The meeting was convened by B B Vyas, chief secretary, at committee room, civil secretariat here.
Amod K Kanth, general secretary, Prayas and former DGP gave a brief presentation on what could be a possible roadmap for ensuring the state is adequately prepared on access of children to the rights guaranteed under special law, Juvenile Justice Act.
Sajad Lone, while opening the discussion, stressed that children are key stakeholders in peace and prosperity of the state and their dignity needs to be upheld. “There is an urgent need to focus on preventive strategies to ensure that children do not fall in any harmful practice,” he said.
Chief Secretary said there is a need for building a continuum between the care, protection of children and their skills, which should be more soft skills in the form of life skills than the hard skills. He directed departments promoting skills program to explore the possibility of expanding the skills program to life kills which will be more appropriate in the case of children 16 above.
Principal Secretary to Home R K Goyal clarified that none of the children below 18 have been booked under Public Safety Act (PSA) in recent past. “There have been some cases but they were quashed as soon as they were detected,” he said.
The mission director ICPS Hilal Bhat also shared his views about the need for creating a robust child protection system in the valley.
Director General of police S P Vaid stressed on the need for increasing civil society participation in creating safe environment for children in the state.