Srinagar, Aug 14: High Court today directed the Government to inform it about the status and action taken as also the time line for implementation of the J&K Juvenile Justice (Care & Protection) Act of 2013 in the State.
Taking serious note regarding functioning of Juvenile Justice Boards in the State, Division Bench of Chief Justice Gita Mittal and Justice Alok Aradhe directed for filing an affidavit by an officer not below the rank of Director indicating therein action taken for implementation of the JJ Act in the State.
“…As also the time line within which the enactment of law with regard to juvenile justice in the State shall be completed and the law effectuated”, DB directed.
Court directed such affidavit be filed within ten days from today with advance copies to other counsels appearing in the case. “The respondents in the affidavits shall also give full details of the infrastructure and facilities supplied in the JJBs as well as CWCs”, court further directed.
Court on July 16 had directed the Government to ensure constitution and functioning of 14 Juvenile Justice Boards for remaining 14 districts.
Court had directed the SWD to ensure that rest 14 JJBs are constituted and Principal Magistrates for 8 JJBs which are already in existence shall be notified by next date.
Court today said the directions of July 16 are of special significance and given the imperative requirement of the appropriate law with regard to Juvenile Justice in the State.
Court had also directed that constitution of Child Welfare Committees for all the 22 districts shall be notified under Section 81 of the J&K Juvenile Justice (Care & Protection) Act of 2013 so that these CWCs shall work properly.
Chief Secretary was directed to take a review and oversee the implementation JJ Act as also the Rules of 2014 along with ICPS schemes in tune with the directions passed earlier from time to time.
Court has been apprised about the steps taken so far in light of the direction of May 3.
About the setting up of CWCs, it has been submitted by Secretary SWD that under Rule 80 of the Act on the recommendations of Selection Cum Oversight Committee, the Government constituted CWC in all the 22 districts in the State and these comprise of one Chairman and its four members and with regard to requisite infrastructure, personnel and finances for smooth running of these CWCS, court has been informed that the same is being provided as per the norms of the ICP Scheme which is a centrally sponsored scheme on the funding pattern of 90:10 Centre and State.