When will you im­prove shel­ter homes for chil­dren, HC asks state

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - - FRONT PAGE - HT Correspondent

Bom­bay high court re­cently asked the state gov­ern­ment when it would take steps to im­prove the con­di­tions of shel­ter homes for chil­dren in Mum­bai.

A bench of jus­tices VM Kanade and CV Bhadang di­rected the state to file an af­fi­davit de­tail­ing by when it would im­ple­ment the sug­ges­tions of a high court-ap­pointed com­mit­tee, which rec­om­mended ways to im­prove such homes.

The bench di­rected the state chief sec­re­tary to meet the prin­ci­pal sec­re­taries of rel­e­vant de­part­ments to take a call on the is­sue and in­form the court of their de­ci­sion on May 3.

The bench took suo motu cog­ni­sance of a pub­lic in­ter­est lit­i­ga­tion, which raised con­cerns over the poor state of shel­ter homes for chil­dren in Ma­ha­rash­tra.

In April 2016, the court had ap­pointed a com­mit­tee com­pris­ing non-gov­ern­ment stake­hold­ers and ex­perts, who were asked to in­spect shel­ter homes in Mum­bai, sub­mit a re­port on the state they were in and sug­gest ways to im­prove them.

The com­mit­tee sub­mit­ted its rec­om­men­da­tions in July 2016, fol­low­ing which the court had is­sued a slew of direc­tions such as “pre­pare a model plan for shel­ter homes, come up with vo­ca­tional train­ing cen­tres, de­velop play­grounds, sports com­plexes, and ac­tiv­ity cen tres”.

At the last hear­ing on April 26, how­ever, the bench ob­served that the state had failed to com ply with the state’s or­ders and that it hadn’t even pre­pared a ba­sic ar­chi­tec­tural plan.

The bench thus, asked the state whether it in­tended to com­ply with the or­ders and how long it would take to do so.

“The gov­ern­ment ar­chi­tect can pre­pare a model plan for an ideal chil­dren’s home, a voca tional train­ing cen­tre, and other fa­cil­i­ties, keep­ing in mind fu­ture re­quire­ments. The state must tell the court within how much time this can be done,” said the bench.

“The state must also tell the court if it pro­poses to make bud getary pro­vi­sions for this task and if such pro­vi­sions have been made in the vi­sion doc­u­ment pre­pared for the state’s de­velop ment,” it added.

The court is likely to take up the mat­ter for fur­ther hear­ing in the sec­ond week of June.

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