The Supreme Court on Monday said that it is the duty of the governments of all states and union territories to ensure that children come to school.
The Supreme Court on Monday said that it is the duty of the governments of all states and union territories to ensure that children come to school. The court’s remarks come amid concerns being raised about children dropping out of school due to the loss of jobs or livelihoods of parents due to the coronavirus pandemic. A bench of Justices L Nageswara Rao and BR Gavai also directed the NCPCR to create a portal on which the information of the steps taken by all the states and union territories will have to be uploaded in this regard.
The top court directed the Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR) to file an affidavit within eight weeks after assessing the reports sent by the states and union territories. The court directed the states to depute officers of the education or women and child departments as district-wise nodal officers. The court said that these nodal officers can direct the Anganwadi workers to personally contact the parents of the drop-out students and inform the NCPCR about the steps taken, enroll them.
The top court asked the officials to widely disseminate the steps taken and the orders passed. The court had earlier directed the governments of all states and union territories to implement the Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) prepared by the NCPCR for the protection and care of homeless children.
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