Department of juvenile welfare, correctional services and welfare of street children and department of women development and child welfare of Government of Andhra Pradesh have jointly organized a sensitization cum awareness program at Meghalaya Hotel. The roles and responsibilities of child care centers under JJ (CPC) Act 2013 were discussed with chief functionaries of CCIs of Visakhapatnam district. Andhra Pradesh State Woman Commission chair person Nanapaneni Raja Kumari, CCIs chair person Ganta Hymavathi, special commissioner for women development Arun Kumar, CWCs of North Andhra districts and organizers of child care centers have took part in the program.
‘Death penalties will be imposed on the criminals who indulge violence and sexual acts against children and girls with recent amendments to the Act’ said Raja Kumari while delivering key note address. After observing the situation in Bihar recently AP Government made it mandatory for registering all child care centers and organizers will be punished if they operate without registration, she added.
‘As many as 25,000 children are taking shelter in 800 care centers across the state’ said Ganta Hymavathi. As per the Supreme Court orders all of these must go for registration before August 31st, she added.
‘Unregistered organizers of child care centers will be punishes as per section 42 of juvenile justice act for a period of one year prison or Rs one lakh fine amount’ said Arun Kumar. Government will set up social audit teams and these members will check all centers quarterly at once and submit report with the available facilities in the centers. These reports will be sent to Supreme Court through district collector, he added.
‘There are 93 centers operating in Visakhapatnam district’ said joint collector – 2 Dr A Siri. Supervising committee members will take photos of the centers from inside and send the same to collector, she added.