Tuesday, 23 June 2015

National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR)

Set up in March 2007 under the Commission for Protection of Child Rights Act, 2005, an Act of Parliament. 
Mandate 

  • It is to ensure that all Laws, Policies, Programmes, and Administrative Mechanisms are in consonance with the Child Rights perspective as enshrined in the Constitution of India and also the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child. 
    • The Child is defined as a person in the 0 to 18 years age group.

Tasks

In order to attain the Commission's Mandate of ensuring that each and every child has an access to all entitlements and enjoys all her rights, the Commission's focus is on the following tasks:
  • The first is to build public awareness and create a moral force in the country to stand by children and protect their rights. A National Conscience has to be generated that captures the imagination of each citizen to take pride in the nation because it takes care of all its children.
  • Armed with this kind of a mood the Commission's task is to look at the gaps in the policy framework and the legal framework and make recommendations to see that rights-based perspective is adhered to by the Government, while it makes its policies.
  • Thirdly, the task of the Commission is to take up specific complaints that come up before it for redressal of grievances and also take up suo moto cases, summon the violators of child rights, get them presented before the Commission and recommend to the Government or the Judiciary, action based on an inquiry.
  • Finally, the role of the Commission is in arming itself with proper research and documentation. 

[Source: NCPCR website]

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