Lack winter clothing, heating and medical facilities
Srinagar: The J&K High Court Wednesday directed the state government to ensure all requisite facilities are made available to orphanages of the state immediately.
The order came after the amicus curiae Farah Bashir informed the court that the children in these institutions were facing a lot of difficulties and living in miserable conditions, without proper winter clothing, heating and medical facilities.
The division bench of Chief Justice Gita Mittal and Justice Sanjeev Kumar said that the underprivileged children need to be given adequate facilities so that they can compete and live a better life ahead.
The state counsel admitted the submissions and told the court that the issue would be resolved in near future as the State Administrative Council (SAC) in its 24th meeting has discussed the issues.
He informed the court that apart from 28 posts of various designations 48 further posts have been created. The court directed to ensure recruitment against the posts at the earliest for proper functioning of these institutions.
The court also directed authorities to respond to the report of chairperson of Child Welfare Committee and address the lack of facilities indicated by him in his report.
With regard to providing sports facilities, court directed the Social Welfare Department to report to the court on next date about the distribution of sports facilities to the child care homes.
About the recommendation made by Ms Bharti Ali from Centre of Child Rights, New Delhi with respect to children in need of care and protection, Court was informed by the state counsel that these recommendations have been addressed in the SAC meeting and creation of separate ‘Women and Child Care’ institution has been discussed on threadbare and further development in this regard be placed before the court.