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NNGOs Forum to organise consultative meeting on child adoption

NNGOs Forum to organise consultative meeting on child adoption
Nagaland NGOs forum members after the press conference at Bethesda youth centre, Dimapur. (NP)
Staff Reporter DIMAPUR | Publish Date: 8/10/2019 11:55:40 AM IST

In a first of its kind, Nagaland NGOs Forum (NNGOF) has convened a consultative meeting with all the stakeholders to deliberate on child adoption issue on August 20, 10 a.m at Tourist Lodge, Dimapur. 

This was informed by NNGOs Forum president Dr Hesheto Chishi at a press conference on Saturday at Bethesda Youth Center office, near Dimapur Haat, Supermarket. 

Highlighting the purpose of the meeting, Chishi said that the meeting will broadly discuss issues on child adoption and come out with a solution, while also bringing about necessary changes in the adoption law in the state which presently follows Child Adoption Regulations Authority (CARA).

He mentioned that the meeting was convened because CARA which functions as the nodal body for adoption of Indian children and is mandated to monitor and regulate country and inter-country adoption contradicted the state special provision Article 371 (A).  

Chishi also pointed out that if the state follows CARA regulations for adoption, Article 371 (A) will have no meaning and CARA will have adverse effect in the state. He also admitted that so far no NGOs have raised the child adoption issue to the state government and that it was the state assembly’s responsibility to act upon it. 

He was also doubtful on how far the state government was committed with Article 371 (A) and thereby lamented that NGOs as implementing agencies become the “victim” when dealing with such issue.  

Forum advisor Ela asserted that child adoption in the state was a pressing issue. Naga customary practise was unique and considering the uniqueness there has to be a consensus where regulations fit in the socio-cultural context in the state, Ela said. 

She also mentioned that the meeting has intended to come up with a consultative discussion which was the main concern as the Naga society has to be clear about child adoption and to ascertain whether we follow the CARA regulation or our customary law in lieu with Article 371 (A).

She also maintained that at present there are four adoption centres in Nagaland which abides the rules of CARA. 

Forum general secretary Chenithung W Humtsoe lamented that the state government without debate and discussion has the practise of passing resolution. 

And therefore, he said that the consultative meeting will also involve the state government to discuss issue on child adoption. 

The forum further said that the meeting will be attended by representatives from students’ union, tribal hohos, churches, mother associations, and one representative each from ruling and opposition party. 

 

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