SCPCR to visit other centres of Children Home Academy
Following the inspection conducted by the State Commission for the Protection of Child Rights (SCPCR) at Children Home Academy in Ranipokhri area of Dehradun, where a minor reportedly died because of the negligence of school staff, the SCPCR chairperson Usha Negi said that they will also be visiting other facilities of the Children Home Society. A team member of SCPCR said that they suspect that there is a syndicate working in the state whose sole agenda is to accept fund from foreign countries in the name of social welfare of children.
According to sources, under the Foreign Contribution (Regulation) Act 1976, a number of non-governmental organisations and societies are simply pretending to work for children just to bag more funds from abroad. The situation is worse in a state like Uttarakhand where the quality of education, transportation and medical facilities is lacking in rural mountainous regions. Sources further stated that as per the provisions set by National Commission for the Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR) these centres are supposed to operate with at least basic facilities for the children, but as in most of the places the authorities concerned hardly ever check it, enabling these societies to operate according to their will. Sources also said that the authorities too are wary of investigating the goings on in centres run by a particular community for fear that such actions might be exploited by miscreants to stoke communal discord.
When asked about the same issue, SCPCR members said that earlier it was found that 231 Madarsas are registered with the state education department. During a visit last year some discrepancies were found in one of the Madarsas, after which it was directed to the district magistrate concerned to ensure on his level whether or not centres likes hostels, paying guest accommodations and other such institutions where children reside and take education are operating as per the provisions set by the government.
It is pertinent to mention here that chairperson of SCPCR Usha Negi has alleged that the cemetery made inside the Children Home Academy school premises is suspicious as the tombstones on most of the graves carry neither description of the person buried nor the date of birth and death contrary to general custom. She also alleged that this can also be a case of human trafficking, after which the local police have started the investigation on this aspect as well.
Thursday, 26 September 2019 | PNS | Dehradun
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