|Early Times Report|
RAJOURI, Mar 4: "No government employee can hire a domestic servant below the age of 14 years''. This was said Deputy Commissioner Rajouri, Rajesh Kumar Shavan while reviewing the functioning of the Child Welfare Committee (CWC), Juvenile Justice Board and District Child Protection Unit (DCPU) in a joint meeting held today in Conference Hall of PWD Dak Bungalow Rajouri.
The meeting was attended by Senior Superintendent of Police, Chandan Kohli; Chairperson CWC, Iqbal Shawal; Project Officer ICDS, Kartar Singh; Chief Planning Officer, Khurshid Ahmed, Chief Medical Officer, Shamin in Nissa Bhatti; District Social Welfare Officer, Wakeel Ahmed Bhat; Child Development Project Officer; CEOs, Legal Cum Probation Officer, Shivangi Kant Sudan, Administrator OSC, Neetu Sharma; Women Welfare Officer, Anum Mirza, Labour inspector, Members CWC Rajouri.
Besides, Riyaz Ahmed Choudhary, Principal Magistrate JJB Rajouri; Secretary DLSA Rajouri, Surinder Kumar Thapa and officers from the Prosecuting Wing also attended the meeting.
At the outset, Legal Cum Probation Officer, Shivangi Kant Sudan and Member CWC Rajouri appraised the chair about the functioning of their particular units and achievements made so far.
While speaking during the meeting, the Deputy Commissioner stressed the need for more coordination between CWC, DCPU and Board, Police, Health and Education Departments to ensure the best interest of the children in need of care and protection and also in conflict with the law.
He said that it is the responsibility of the CWC to bring those children back to the safety net and there is also a need for continuous follow up of the cases.
Deputy Commissioner Rajouri said there is a need to generate mass awareness among the students about the Juvenile Justice Act, CWCs through conferences, Seminars and by way of other means so that the targeted groups can be sensitized.
Acting tough against domestic child labour, the Deputy Commissioner said that no government employee shall keep the domestic servants below the age of 14 yrs.
The Deputy Commissioner also directed the Education authorities to survey the schools especially in the government schools falling in the town about the students working in the homes of the government officials.