GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
Ministry of Women & Child Development
UNSTARRED QUESTION NO. 1826
ANSWERED ON JULY 24, 2014
Commissions for Protection of Child Rights
1826. SHRI RAJEEV CHANDRASEKHAR:
Will the Minister of WOMEN AND CHILD DEVLOPMENT be pleased to state;
(a) whether it is a fact that several States are yet to form Commissions for Protection of Child Rights (CPCRs), as per the CPCR Act, 2005, if so, the details thereof, state-wise / UT-wise;
(b) whether it is also a fact that CPCRs in other States are not autonomous and also not adequately empowered with resources and laws; and
(c) if so, the steps Government proposes to take to encourage all state Governments/UTs to establish their own State Commissions, including making these Commissions truly autonomous, to deal with the increasing cases of sexual assault and exploitation of children in various parts of the country?
MINISTER OF WOMEN AND CHILD DEVELOPMENT
(SHRIMATI MANEKA SANJAY GANDHI)
(a): No Sir, Out of 29 States and 07 Union Territories, 27 States and 04 Union Territories have set up the Commission for Protection of Child Rights. The newly created State of Telangana and the Union Territories of Andaman and Nicobar, Lakshadweep and Daman & Diu have not set up the SCPCR as yet. Since the Commission for the Protection of Child Rights Act is not applicable to the State of Jammu & Kashmir, no State Commission has been set up there also. In the newly created State of Telangana while a separate Commission has not been notified, the existing Members on the Andhra Pradesh Commission have been divided equally to look after both the States.
(b) & (c): The State Commissions for Protection of Child Rights (SCPCRs) are constituted by the concerned State Government under Section 17 of the CPCR act, 2005. However, NCPCR has been constantly following up with the State Governments and the UT Administrations for setting up State Commissions and their effective and efficient functioning.