AP govt wakes up from slumber

AP govt wakes up from slumber
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In what could be a classic example of colossal negligence on the part of successive governments in not showing interest in updating of the Juvenile Justice Rules, the Child Welfare department has been following the AP Juvenile Justice Rules of 2003 and 2007, though the Juvenile Justice Act had been amended twice in 2006 and 2011, in United Andhra Pradesh as well as post bifurcation.

Hyderabad: In what could be a classic example of colossal negligence on the part of successive governments in not showing interest in updating of the Juvenile Justice Rules, the Child Welfare department has been following the AP Juvenile Justice Rules of 2003 and 2007, though the Juvenile Justice Act had been amended twice in 2006 and 2011, in United Andhra Pradesh as well as post bifurcation.

The old Juvenile Justice Act has been repealed with new Act that has come into force from January 15, 2015. Also, the Union Ministry of Women Development and Child Welfare had notified the Draft Model Juvenile Justice Rules in May and the approved fair Juvenile Justice Model Rules of 2016 are to be published soon.

  • Though the new Act has come into force since January, 2015, still the Child Welfare department has been implementing the old Juvenile Justice Rules
  • In a bid to rectify the anomaly, the State government has given its nod to constitute a 13-member committee to draft the new AP Juvenile Justice Rules, based on the soon to be published Central Juvenile Justice Model Rules

It was against this backdrop, now the government has woken up to the reality that the State has been lagging behind in the revision of Juvenile Welfare and even after the repeal of the old Act and new Act has come into force since January, 2015, still it has been implementing the old Juvenile Justice Rules.

Following a report from the Director of Juvenile Welfare, “As the old Act has been completely repealed and new Act rules are going to be gazette published soon, it is high time that the State should frame the State Rules for Juvenile Justice.”

Based on the finally approved Central Juvenile Justice Model Rules, the State Rules would have to be prepared by the State, the report sent to the State government said. Earlier too, the State government had constituted a committee with senior officials from the department,

NGOs, practicing advocates for the preparation of AP Juvenile Justice Rules, 2003. Adopting the same and in a bid to rectify the anomaly, the State government has given its nod to constitute a 13-member committee to draft the new AP Juvenile Justice Rules, based on the soon to be published Central Juvenile Justice Model Rules.

Accordingly, the State Director for Juvenile Welfare would act as the chairman of the committee and the Joint Director of Correctional Services would be the member convener of the committee. While a representative from the UNICEF would act as a subject expert member,

a member from HELP (an NGO) N V S Ram Mohan, a former Juvenile Justice Board member and advocate Abdul Raqueeb, a joint director rank official of ICPS and Adoption, one Superintendent of Home and one district probation officer, one representative from the CID wing of the police department not below the rank of a deputy superintendent of police would be the members of the new committee.

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