Rajasthan government to form special task force to keep tabs on child shelter homes
The task force will ensure safety in all the shelter homes, ashrams, education centres, private institutions, religious institutions, gurukuls, day care centres, and hostels of the state, where children up to 18 years of age are living.
Jaipur :The Rajasthan government has decided to constitute a state level Special Task Force (STF) to ensure safety of children at child shelter homes and similar institutions. The task force will regularly keep a tab on activities at these centres.
This decision was taken in a meeting held at the state secretariat on Friday. The meeting was presided over by Dr Arun Chaturvedi, minister of social justice and empowerment.
Several incidents of sexual offences at shelter homes in Uttar Pradesh and Bihar came into light recently. Keeping these in view, the state government decided to form a task force to ensure safety of children at shelter homes in Rajasthan.
The surveillance system launched by government will look into the activities taking place in all the shelter homes, ashrams, education centres, private institutions, religious institutions, gurukuls, day care centres, and hostels, where children aged up to 18 years are living.
The child welfare committees and other departments under the guidance of district collectors have been asked to send a report to the government after checking and verifying activities at all the shelter homes and similar institutes in the state by August 30 to ensure safety.
If any malpractice is found, the task force will take action against the institution.