NCPCR launches ‘GHAR’ to enable smooth repatriation of children to their native place | India News – Times of India


NEW DELHI: The National Commission for Protection of Child Rights launched a web portal on Sunday for digital tracking and monitoring of children who are in need of protection and have to be repatriated to another country, state or district. The portal – “GHAR – Go Home and Re-Unite” will be a platform for information on children from every district to smoothen the process of their repatriation and restoration.
The launch of the portal, on “World Children’s Day” also saw the release of a detailed protocol for “restoration and repatriation of children” and training modules for the child welfare committees (CWCs). The portal will enable digital transfer of cases of children to the authorities concerned.
In a video message, women and child development minister Smriti Irani asserted on the significant role of CWCs in ensuring child protection and appealed to all CWCs and district child protection officers to do their best to implement the Juvenile Justice Act and Rules, 2021 and 2022.
On why a protocol and portal is required, the WCD highlighted that it had been seen that many children, who were brought before the juvenile justice boards and the CCW, were found to be belonging to some other place but it was difficult to repatriate them because of the absence of information on their native place with the authorities. The protocol and the portal are being cited as a step to address the challenges in repatriation which arose primarily due to lack of convergence and information-sharing between authorities. The NCPCR sees the protocol as a step to significantly reduce the number of children languishing in child care Institutions (CCIs).
NCPCR chairperson Priyank Kanoongo said that the GHAR portal and the protocols will ensure the rights of children related to restoration and repatriation are realised. The conference at Vigyan Bhawan in Delhi was attended by around 1,200 participants. It is learnt that except West Bengal which was represented by only a consultant level functionary from the state child protection society there was adequate representation from CWCs and DCPUs from all other states and UTs.
Infact, the NCPCR chief had in a letter to the chief secretary of West Bengal on November 17 reminded of previous correspondence with authorities in the state seeking confirmation for deputing representatives from CWCs and DCPUs from each district. Kanoongo had noted in the letter that “it is a matter of concern that no representative from the CWCs and DCPUs in the state are being deputed for attending the launch event”.
Kanoongo had also highlighted in the letter that West Bengal is a source state from where the number of children being trafficked is considered to be on the higher side, which is a matter of “grave concern.” The NCPCR chief noted in the letter that the commission was told by a certain authority in the state that since they are going to be celebrating Child Rights day on November 20 there will be no participation from the state at the launch event in Delhi. However, the NCPCR had followed up again to convince the state to send a representative, Kanoongo said in the letter.
Meanwhile, to step up monitoring, the protocol released on Sunday also talks of an internal committee to be constituted for holding quarterly meetings with NCPCR to discuss the repatriation process of children uploaded on the portal and interact with children whose repatriation is found to be difficult due to various reasons. A list of government schemes will be provided so that at the time of restoration, the CWCs can link the child with the schemes to help the family.
While focussing on repatriation, the protocol also emphasises on the child’s will. According to officials, the protocol lays down that when a child expresses his or her unwillingness to be restored to the family, the CWC will interact with the child to find out the reasons and record them. No child will be coerced to go back to the family.





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