On Tuesday a report has been given by National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR)to the Supreme Court concerning some children who has become orphan and some who has lost their one parent in the COVID -19 pandemic.
According to the data available on the online portal of NCPVR almost 1742 children’s has become orphaned and 7464 children lost their one parent and also 9346 children are in need of care and protection from COVID including 140 abandoned childrenchildren.
The bench of the Supreme Court considered this report a direct suo moto case on the issue of the protection of children during pandemic. The bech on May 28 had also directed the district authorities to upload information related to children orphaned due to COVID after March 2020 in the national portal of NCPCR called “Bal Swaraj” under Juvenile Justice Act.
The Supreme Court has passed the direction for 10 states to to nominate a Nodal Officer at level of Secretary/Joint Sec of concerned department to interact with the Amicus Curiae Gaurav Agarwal and provide all necessary information relating to identification of orphans/Children in Need of Care and Protection(CNCP) and the schemes enforced.
The nodal officer has to:
1.Provide all the necessary information relating to identification of orphans.
2.Discuss about problems faced for identification, steps taken for identification.
3.Any other problems pertaining to implementation of scheme enforced.
The directions were passed while hearing an application filed by the Amicus Curiae Mr Gaurav Agrawal seeking directions in respect of children who are adversely affected due to Covid pandemic by losing either one or both the parents.