Pune, 24th May 2021: District Collector Dr Rajesh Deshmukh has appealed to the people to provide information about children who have lost both of their parents to COVID-19. The information can be shared in the case of both parents being admitted for treatment.
“At present, four children whose parents succumbed to COVID-19 have been admitted to the children’s home of the Department of Women and Children for care and protection by the order of the Child Welfare Committee,” said Deshmukh.
Child Protection Action Force – District level Child Protection Action Force has been established in the state to take care of the children in the institutions working, for the care and protection of children during the Corona outbreak, as well as, the children who have lost both their parents due to Covid-19. Through this task force, work is being performed to take necessary measures for the care and protection of the children who have been left parentless due to COVID-19 by giving them their right to justice.
Benefits of Child Care Scheme: Rehabilitation of children who have lost both their parents as well as children who are receiving medical treatment due to COVID-19 through the Child Welfare Committee for their care and protection. Give these children the benefit of a childcare plan as needed. Arrange for proper counselling for these children. Also, if necessary, follow the guidelines of the adoption process.
Helpline for giving information- Helpline for children has been started at the district level to get the information of the children affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, to the district administration. The Child Helpline 1098 is open 24 hours a day and 8308992222, 7400015518 will be operating from 8 am to 8 pm.
Vigilance to ensure that children are not exploited – District Collector Deshmukh said that efforts are being made to ensure that these children should not follow juvenile delinquency, are not exploited, or should not be employed as child labourers. The police department has been ordered to take action against those who commit criminal acts against children.
Adoption Procedure as per Juvenile Justice Child Care and Protection Act 2015- “It is a crime to give false information on social media and to adopt a child without following legal procedures. People should be made aware of the adoption process, as per the rules of the Juvenile Justice Care and Protection Act 2015.” said, the Collector.
Counselling of children started- “Four children whose parents died due to COVID-19 in the Pune district have been admitted to the children’s home of the Women and Children Department, for care and protection by the order of the Child Welfare Committee. The counselling of these children is underway and decisions on their assets would be taken through the District Legal Services Authority”, said District Women and Child Development (WCD) officer Ashwini Kamble.
Contact details: District WCD Officer’s Office, District Child Protection Officer, 29/2 Gulmarg Co-Op. Housing Society, Somwar Peth, Pune 411011
Chairman, Child Welfare Committee No. 1 & 2, Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru Udyog Kendra Premises, Golf Club Road Yerawada, Pune 411006