CHILD RIGHTS COMMISSION DIRECTS GOA DISTRICT MAGISTRATES TO SET UP SHELTER HOMES FOR DESTITUTE CHILDREN LIVING ON GOAN STREETS IN PANDEMIC TIMES

The Goa child rights protection commission on Tuesday, directed district magistrates to set up shelter homes for destitute children found to be living with family on the streets across the state.

According to Peter F. Borges,  chairman of Goa State Commission for Protection of Child Rights “This Hon’ble Commission is apprised of many cases by Childline, ARZ and various other organizations, regarding children found to be living with family on the streets across the state of Goa. They are adopting the livelihood option of doing odd jobs, begging or selling products on the streets and living in vulnerable situations”.

Borges  said “One of the measures need to be considered in the state of Goa is to ensure a fit facility as per provision under Section 51 of the JJ Act, 2015. The District Magistrate may look for a suitable public place, hostel, vacant government quarters, etc and explore the involvement & support from the departments such as Social Welfare, Education, Local Authority (Panchayat/ Municipality), Tribal Welfare, Health, etc to ensure the temporary arrangements suitable to the children are made for their security and well-being amid these pandemic times”. 

“I also draw your attention towards Shelter for Urban Homeless (SUH) component of National Urban Livelihood Mission scheme which provides for family shelters – for families living on the streets where family shelters may be provided with a special design for privacy, with shared common spaces”,   Borges told district magistrates.

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