Govt winds-up Social Welfare Board, gives nod to Rehab Policy for street children

LG reviews preparations for G20 meetings in J&K
Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, Dec 20: The Administrative Council (AC) which met here under the chairmanship of the Lieute-nant Governor, Manoj Sinha, accorded its approval for winding up the Jammu and Kashmir Social Welfare Board.
Rajeev Rai Bhatnagar, Advisor to the Lieutenant Governor and Dr Arun Kumar Mehta, Chief Secretary, J&K attended the meeting.
The Jammu and Kashmir Social Welfare Board was constituted in the year 1955 and over the period, the functioning of the Social Welfare Board became limited to the implementation of National Crèche Scheme, and Swahdar Greh Scheme, both Centrally Sponsored Schemes being funded by Ministry of Women and Child Development through the Central Social Welfare Board. These schemes are now being implemented through the other Directorates of the Department namely Mission Poshan and Mission Shakti respectively.
Central Social Welfare Board has since been wound up by the Government of India and on its analogy, the J&K Social Welfare Board has also been wound up.
A committee to be chaired by Commissioner/Secretary, Social Welfare Department has been constituted for recommending the roadmap for utilization of services of existing employees /temporary staff already working in the said Board as also for utilization of assets and liabilities of the Social Welfare Board.
Meanwhile, the Administrative Council (AC) which met here under the chairmanship of the Lieutenant Governor, Manoj Sinha, accorded its approval to Rehabilitation Policy for Children in Street Situation (CiSS) to safeguard these kids from different hazards.
As per the canons of Juvenile Justice Act, Children in Street Situations (CiSS) fall under the category of children in need of care & protection. The Act further empowers the Government to frame a policy for rehabilitation of such children in distress.
Earlier, the Social Welfare Department through MD, ICPS (now Mission Vatsalya) carried out an exercise for identification of such CiSS and so far 687 such children have been identified.
As per the policy, Health, School Education, H&UDD, RDD, Home, Labour and Employment departments have been assigned specific roles and responsibilities for ensuring proper implementation of the said policy in letter and spirit. The same would be monitored by a Committee headed by the Chief Secretary to review its implementation in the UT.
Further, the Social welfare Department shall be responsible for regular monitoring of the implementation of the policy to protect and safeguard the future of all such children found across length and breadth of J&K.
The Administrative Council also approved the proposals of different departments for transfer of land for various developmental projects.
The Administrative Council approved the proposal for transferring Shamilat Deh (Mehfooz Kahcharie) land measuring 121 Kanal 11 Marla situated in village Plakh, Tehsil Basohli, District Kathua in favour of SKUAST Jammu for establishment of New Krishi Vigyan Kendra at Hill Region and in lieu transfers of State land measuring 122 Kanal 18 Marla situated in village Jhanker for Kahcharie purpose.
It shall provide opportunity to the farmers of the area by creating awareness to improve produce by employing various agricultural technologies.
The Administrative Council also transferred State land measuring 06 Kanal 12 Marla situated at village Makwal, Tehsil Mandal, District Jammu for establishment of BOP namely “AMK”, by Border Security Force (BSF) on the payment of transfer value as per the Stamp duty rates notified in the area. It also authorized use of 135.57 Ha of land in Bahu Conservation Reserve for establishment of small arms firing range (long range) under J&K Forest (Conservation) Act, 1997.
Meanwhile, Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha today chaired a high-level meeting on the preparations for the upcoming G20 Summit meetings to be held in Jammu and Kashmir in 2023.
The Lt Governor called for extensive preparations ahead of the G20 meet and said that the meetings under India’s presidency is also an opportunity to share Jammu Kashmir’s achievements and to showcase its rich cultural heritage.
He also called for involving students and educational institutions to make the meetings a grand success.
Sinha instructed the Higher Education Department to conduct seminars on G20 in the Universities and educational institutions across the UT.
Dr Arun Kumar Mehta, Chief Secretary; Atal Dulloo, Additional Chief Secretary, Agriculture Production Department; RK Goyal, Additional Chief Secretary, Home Department; RR Swain, Special DG CID; Administrative Secretaries; Divisional Commissioners, senior officers of police and civil administration attended the meeting, in person and through video conferencing at Civil Secretariat, and also shared their valuable suggestions.