AC approves rehabilitation policy for ‘children in street situation’
Land transfer for different public purposes also okayed
Jammu: The Administrative Council (AC) which met here under the chairmanship of Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha, accorded approval to the Rehabilitation Policy for Children in Street Situation (CiSS) to safeguard these kids from different hazards, an official press release informed.
It said Rajeev Rai Bhatnagar, Advisor to the Lieutenant Governor, Dr. Arun Kumar Mehta, Chief Secretary, J&K attended the meeting.
As per the canons of the Juvenile Justice Act, Children in Street Situations (CiSS) fall under the category of children in need of care and protection. The Act further empowers the government to frame a policy for the rehabilitation of such children in distress.
Earlier the Social Welfare Department through MD, ICPS (now Mission Vatsalya) carried out an exercise for the identification of such CiSS and so far 687 such children have been identified.
As per the policy, Health, School Education, H&UDD, RDD, Home, Labour, and Employment departments have been assigned specific roles and responsibilities for ensuring proper implementation of the said policy in letter and spirit. The same would be monitored by a Committee headed by the Chief Secretary to review its implementation in the UT.
Further, the Social welfare Department shall be responsible for regular monitoring of the implementation of the policy to protect and safeguard the future of all such children found across the length and breadth of J&K.
The Administrative Council (AC) also approved proposals of different departments for transfer of land for various developmental projects.
According to an official press release, the AC approved the proposal for transferring Shamilat Deh (Mehfooz Kahcharie) land measuring 121 Kanal 11 Marla situated in village Plakh, Tehsil Basohli, District Kathua in favour of SKUAST Jammu for establishment of New Krishi Vigyan Kendra at Hill Region and in lieu transfers of State land measuring 122 Kanal 18 situated in village Jhanker for Kahcharie purpose.
It shall provide opportunities to the farmers of the area by creating awareness to improve produce by employing various agricultural technologies.
The AC also transferred State land measuring six Kanal 12 Marla situated at village Makwal, Tehsil Mandal, District Jammu for the establishment of BOP namely “AMK”, by Border Security Force (BSF) on the payment of transfer value as per the Stamp duty rates notified in the area. It also authorized the use of 135.57 Ha of land in Bahu Conservation Reserve for the establishment of small arms firing range (long range) under the J&K Forest (Conservation) Act, 1997, the press release informed.