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Maneka asks states to register all childcare institutions to CARA

Spl. Correspondent/Agencies New Delhi, Jul 17 (NPN) | Publish Date: 7/18/2018 12:16:44 AM IST
Union minister for Women and Child Development Maneka Gandhi on Tuesday directed states/UTs to compulsorily register all the child care institutions in the State and link them with CARA for proper monitoring. 
Addressing a high-level national conference of state/UT ministers-in-charge of Women & Child development held here, Gandhi also asked all States to invest in cradle centers to make available more destitute children for adoption.
The minister also drew the attention of states to the issues concerning child abuse and asked for wider dissemination of information about e-Box for complaints from children on child abuse and SHe-Box online complaints portal for sexual harassment at work for women. She also appealed to the states to implement 33 percent women composition in police forces to enable a fearless atmosphere for women affected by crimes.
Meanwhile, Gandhi informed that the Ministry was all set to amend the Juvenile Justice Act (JJ) to ensure that district magistrates and collectors become “competent officers” for approving adoptions, instead of courts.
According to reports, Gandhi has also asked states to get the childcare homes run by Mother Teresa-founded Missionaries of Charity inspected immediately.
However, Gandhi clarified that the announcement of the amendment has no connection with the incident that took place in Jharkhand. Some orphanages have challenged the validity of the law under the JJ Act, a WCD official was quoted by PTI.
Around 2,300 CCIs are linked to CARA, while another 4,000 remain pending for linkage. Gandhi brought to notice that the 2,300 institutions linked to CARA were not under an adoption system.
Further, Gandhi pointed out that around 7,300 institutions had completed their registrations, however, about 1,400 remain unregistered. “I request states to immediately register,” the Union WCD minister said.

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