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Supreme Court tells states to follow NCPCR norms in rehabilitating street children

The Supreme Court has directed state governments to follow guidelines of the National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR) until they come with schemes of their own rehabilitation of children on the street.

The bench of Justice L. Nageswara Rao and Justice B.R. Gavai further directed states to file status reports on implementation of NCPCR guidelines.

The Apex Court issued these directions while adjourning the suo motu matter regarding the plight of Children in Street Situation (CiSS) across the country. The Apex Court also directed Prayas Juvenile Aid Centre (JAC) Society to share its data of CISS with NCPCR who in turn will forward it to states, with further directions to review and provide suggestions to the status reports to be filed by the states.

Tamil Nadu and Delhi were directed to send of copy of their scheme to NCPCR and implement the same. The Court also recorded that Chhattisgarh had sought suggestions of the NCPCR in formulating of the scheme.

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Advocate Deepanwita Priyanka, appearing for Gujarat, submitted that it has approved NCPCR guidelines barring the provision of payment of Rs 2000, which is still under consideration.

Justice Rao: “You are such a progressive state, consider it favourably.”

Earlier, the Court had expressed its concern that the number of children identified by the states appeared to be quite low and even the process of identification, which is the first stage of the process of rehabilitation, has not yet been completed.

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