Chandigarh: Haryana’s Women and Child Development Minister Geeta Bhukkal on Tuesday said that it is mandatory for the organisations engaged in the welfare of needy and deprived children. The minister said that whether it be a government or a voluntary organisation, they must get registered under the Juvenile Justice Act, 2000 and the Orphanages and Other Charitable Homes Act, 1960.

All such institutions must apply for registration before the Programme Officer ICDS before June 30, 2012, she added. The Minister said that in case they fail to do so, strict action would be taken against managers or the owners of such shelter homes which were being run illegally without registration.

Such action would include penalty or closure of institutions or homes. Cases would be registered against those who are not abiding by the established norms.

Bhukkal said, the Integrated Child Development Scheme (ICDS) has been launched for which district and state level administrative officers have been engaged.

All those who have been found guilty of violating the norms in this case including the owners of NGOs have been arrested so far and investigations are going on, said the Minister.

Medical check-ups of all the inmates had been conducted by a team led by the Chief Medical Officer and a detailed profile of each inmate along with their photographs had been prepared. The Integrated Child Development Scheme (ICDS) functionaries were also providing them pre-school education and involving them in recreational activities.

Steps are being taken to shift the inmates to other shelter homes where they could get a safe environment, Bhukkal said.


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