HC questions Maharashtra government on implementation of Child Scheme

The Bombay High Court today sought to know from the Maharashtra government what steps it has taken pursuant to the Integrated Child Protection Scheme aimed at building a protective environment for children in difficult circumstances.

In 2010, the state government had entered into a Memorandum of Understanding with the Central Government for implementation of the Centre-sponsored scheme.

Under the scheme, the State Government was to set up within three months a state child protection society, state adoption resource agency, juvenile justice boards and child welfare committees in each district and special juvenile police units with a child welfare officer in each police station.

A Public Interest Litigation was filed by one Jaya Gulani seeking implementation of the scheme in the state. A division bench headed by Justice V M Kanade on Monday directed the government to file an affidavit within two weeks stating what steps it has taken towards implementation of the scheme.

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