Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Measures taken to check child labour unsatisfactory: Child rights body member

Measures taken to check child labour unsatisfactory: Child rights body member
TNN Apr 27, 2012, 04.06AM IST

ALLAHABAD: Expressing dismay over the inhuman and unhygienic condition of children residing in four government shelter homes, member, National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR), Dr Yogesh Dubey said that records and statistics related to health and education along with rehabilitation measures undertaken by state government for child labour were grossly unsatisfactory.

The member who visited the children's home in Shivkuti, Mumfordganj, juvenile home and women's shelter home in Khuldabad during his two-day visit of Allahabad in the aftermath of incident of rape of minor girl inmates of Shivkuti childrens home in the city, was addressing newspersons here on Thursday.
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Sharing the details of the visits, he said that quality of food served to children in general was bad. What is more is the fact that there were no arrangements for physically challenged and other handicapped inmates at these homes.

In this connection, a detailed report will be prepared by the commission and submitted to the Government of India as well as the principal secretary, UP Government, he said.

Citing various irregularities in the functioning of the government homes in Allahabad for children and juveniles he said that the total strength of staff for managing and looking after the inmates was very less. Most of the staff members were unskilled, untrained and not sensitised to the needs of children. A lot of work needs to be done on this front.

However, on its part the commission will ensure that strict action was taken against those who have been held responsible for gross mismanagement of government run homes in Allahabad, he added.

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