JAMMU: Necessary steps have been taken for the setting up of a state commission for the protection of child rights in Jammu and Kashmir, an official spokesperson said on Wednesday.
The Social Welfare Department has already vetted the bill for setting up the panel, and the matter shall soon be placed before a competent authority for approval to the promulgation of an ordinance, the spokesperson said, quoting department Special Secretary Asif Hamid Khan.
On Tuesday, Khan briefed a meeting in Jammu chaired by Chief Secretary B B Vyas to review the progress on the implementation of the Jammu and Kashmir Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children) Act, 2013, the spokesperson said.
At the meeting, the organisational set-up of the panel with assigned roles and duties was briefly discussed. Child Protection Units have been established in all 22 districts with the appointment of an officer in-charge, he said.
The spokesperson said that discussions were held on other related issues and on the progress of initiatives taken so far for the implementation of the Juvenile Justice Act in the state.
Addressing the officers, Vyas stressed on expediting the process of constituting a panel so that the rights of children can be protected in an effective manner, he said, adding that the chief secretary asked for expediting the process of preparation of detailed project reports for the establishment of observation homes in the state.
Vyas also sought details on the status of works at orphanages in R S Pura in Jammu and Harwan in Kashmir. Regarding the rehabilitation of orphans, the chief secretary asked the officials concerned for developing a comprehensive framework for the proper rehabilitation of such children.
The chief secretary also reviewed the Jammu and Kashmir Rights of Persons with Disabilities Ordinance, which is being brought on par with the respective central Acts and the Integrated Child Development Scheme for Anganwari centres, the spokesperson said.