OUTSTANDING ORDER OF CHILD WELFARE COMMITTEE, KHURDA TO AUTHORITY OF KISS TO GET REGISTERED UNDER JUVENILE JUSTICE ACT, 2015.

Bhubaneswar: 10.5.19., In a significant  development,  exercising power conferred under section 37 A of JJ Act, on 2.3.19., the additional Child welfare  Committee, Khurda  has  directed to Secretary, Kalinga Institute  of Social Science ( KISS), Patia, Bhubaneswar  to ensure  registration of the  institution under  section 41  of  Juvenile Justice ( Care and protection of  children ) Act 2015.  Similarly, direction has also  been issued  to the Collector, Khurda to take  immediate  and urgent  action to ensure  registration of KISS  under JJ Act.

The directive  of the  Additional CWC, Khurda  came  following  complaint  filed  filed  by Pradip Pradhan  along with  members  of Civil Society Groups date5.12.18  with  prayer  to take  all necessary  steps to bring KISS tribal school  within fold of  JJ Act.

Kalinga  Institute  of Social Science, a private institution located at Patia, Bhubaneswar  which  claims  to have housed 30,000 tribal  children  has not  been registered with  Women and Child Development  Department and Department of  SC and ST welfare , Govt. of Odisha.  As per  information obtained under RTI dated 13.11.18  in response to RTI  query  about  no. of  institutions registered under  section 41 of JJ Act  within  jurisdiction of Khurda district, the PIO, Dept. of Women  and Child Development  has  provided  list of 14 organisations registered  with Govt. But astonishingly, the name of KISS, Patia, Bhubaneswar does not figure   in the list. On 19.6.2017, while  submitting  the  inquiry report into alleged torture of children  in KISS  Hostel, the  CWC, Khurda  has  recommended  for  registration of KISS  in Tribal welfare  Department  and issued  necessary  direction to the  Collector, Khurda to take  steps  to get  it  registered  under JJ Act.

It deserves to  be mentioned here that as per Supreme Court direction, all the  institutions whether run by a state  government or voluntary organisations or NGOs which are meant either wholly or partially for  housing the  children in need of care  and protection , shall be registered  under  section 41 of the Juvenile  Justice ( Care  and Protection of Children) Act, 2015.

But  KISS  institution  under control  of Achyuta Samant  has been constantly ignoring  order  of CWC  and  defying  law  of the  land without  getting it  registered.

Astonishingly,  despite  order  of  Additional CWC, Khurda, Secretary, KISS  has written a letter dated 18.4.19 to CWC, Khurda  in constant to  order  of CWC  that their  Institution need  not  be  registered  under JJ Act.  We  are waiting  to see what  legal action Additional CWC  will take  against  authority  of KISS  for  non-compliance of order of the CWC.

Pradip Pradhan (News Today)

 

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