On World Children’s Day (November 20), the National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR) launched a web portal – “GHAR – Go Home and Re-Unite.”
- The portal will be a platform for digital tracking and monitoring of children from every district to smoothen the process of their repatriation and restoration.
- NCPCR also launched the —
- Training Modules for the Child Welfare Committees (CWCs) for implementing the amendments brought in the Juvenile Justice Act.
- Protocols for Restoration and Repatriation of Children.
Need of the portal –
- The portal will enable digital transfer of cases of children to the authorities concerned.
- It will ensure that the rights of children related to restoration and repatriation are realised, which was a challenge due to lack of convergence and information-sharing between authorities.
- Many children who were taken before JJBs and the CWCs were discovered to be from another place, but it was difficult to repatriate them due to a lack of information on their native place.
- A step to significantly reduce the number of children languishing in child care Institutions (CCIs).
About NCPCR –
- The NCPCR is a statutory body formed under the Commission for Protection of Child Rights Act, 2005. It works towards achieving a child rights-centric approach in all the laws, programmes, policies and administrative mechanisms in India.
- It functions under the Ministry of Women & Child Development of the central government.
- It strives to ensure that all laws and policies in the country are in consonance with the rights of children as emphasised by the Indian Constitution as well as with the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child.
- A child is defined as any person between the ages of 0 and 18 years.
- The Commission acknowledges the universality and inviolability of child rights.
- It focuses on children that form a part of the most vulnerable sections of society.
- The Commission sees every right of the child as equally important and hence, does not grade the rights according to importance.
- The Commission is also mandated with responsibilities under two other acts, namely – Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act, 2012, and Right to Education Act, 2009.
- The NCPCR has been constituted by the Government as an act of Parliament as mentioned above. Hence, it is a statutory organisation. It consists of the following members:
- Chairperson — Person of eminence and who has an exemplary record of work in child welfare.
- Six members — A minimum of two women members, Should have experience in the following fields – Education, Child health, care, welfare or child development, Juvenile justice or care of neglected or marginalised children or children with disabilities, Elimination of child labour or children in distress, Child psychology or sociology, and Laws relating to children.