Mumbai: The Union Cabinet on Wednesday approved amendments to the Juvenile Justice Care and Protection of Children Act, 2015, stating that DMs, ADMs would oversee the functioning of agencies implementing the JJ Act in every district.
Union Cabinet has approved the proposal of the Ministry of Women and Child Development to amend the Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children) Act, 2015 to introduce measures for strengthening Child Protection set-up
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Women and Child Development Minister Smriti Irani while addressing a press conference here said, “Prime Minister Narendra Modi has accepted the proposal to bring amendments to the Juvenile Justice Care and Protection of Children Act 2015. Now, the District Magistrate (DM) District Magistrate (ADM) will supervise the functions of the agencies implementing the Juvenile Justice (JJ) Act in each district with it.”
Irani said that with the amendment the child protection unit of the districts will work under DM. “DMs can independently evaluate the Child Welfare Committee, Special Juvenile Police Unit. DMs will conduct a capacity check and background check of a child care institution, after which they will be recommended for registration,” he said.
According to an official release of the Union Cabinet, the amendments include authorizing the District Magistrate as well as Additional District Magistrate to issue adoption orders under Section 61 of the JJ Act for speedy disposal of cases and increase accountability.
District magistrates have been further empowered to ensure its smooth implementation under the Act as well as coordinated efforts in favour of children in the event of a crisis.
Defining the eligibility criteria for the appointment of CWC members, and classifying previously undefined offences as “serious offences” are some other aspects of the proposal. Many difficulties faced in the implementation of various provisions of the Act have also been resolved.