SC asks States to give Monthly Rs 2000 for Education of Children from Institutions now with their Families

Team SoOLEGAL 16 Dec 2020 3:22pm

SC asks States to give Monthly Rs 2000 for Education of Children from Institutions now with their Families

On Tuesday, 15th December, 2020, Supreme Court had directed the States to pay a sum of Rs 2000 per month, in this Covid-19 period, to each child who was admitted in Child Care Institution and now being handed over to his or her families. The amount has to be given on recommendation of District Child Protection Unit. The Court also directed the State Governments, to give suitable infrastructure with proper books and stationary to Child Care Institution for conducting online classes of children by taking recommendation from the District Child Protection Unit, within 30 days of time.

Justice N. Nageswara Rao, Justice Hemant Gupta and Justice Ajay Rastogi were hearing a suo motu case on the condition of the children across the country in this pandemic situation and directed the State Governments to recruit required number of teachers for a proper education to the children who are admitted in Child Care Institution.  The Court got the information that, at the beginning of the pandemic there were 2,27,518 children admitted in Child Care Institution and now 1,45,788 children have been handed over to their families.

Child Protection Unit must give a detail report to the District Legal Service Authority about the progress which is being made related to the issue of facilities for children in Child Care Institution. According to advocate Gaurav Agarwal, who was acting as amicus curiae, Juvenile Justice Board must assist Child Care Institution and adequate number of teachers must be provided for the students and also Covid-19 guidelines must be strictly followed. According to him, a proper education system must be provided by the State Governments in Child Care Institution.

Solicitor General Tushar Mehta, who was appearing on behalf of the National Commission for Protection of Children Rights, stated that he has no complain on the suggestions given by the amicus curiae. Solicitor General also insisted the Court to give a direction to the States and the commission would do the needful. The Court has accepted the suggestions of amicus curiae and will issue directions to States which must be followed. 

Tagged: Supreme Court   Covid-19 period   Child Care Institution   District Child Protection   Justice N. Nageswara Rao   Justice Hemant Gupta   Justice Ajay Rastogi   Solicitor General Tushar Mehta  
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