New Delhi: The Delhi high court has come down heavily on the city government for not nominating members for a state commission for protection of child rights, to be set up for rehabilitating child workers rescued from factories.
Social ill: The Delhi government is yet to set up a panel for protection of child rights and for rehabilitating child workers rescued from factories.
“Shall we direct the chief secretary (ministry of social justice and empowerment) to appear before us?” a division bench of chief justice M.K. Sharma and justice Reva Khetrapal said, when the counsel for city government sought six weeks’ time for nominating members of the panel.
“It is a question of one day. How much time you (government) need in appointing four members in the commission?” the court said, after it was submitted that the process will take some time.
The city government said it will have to set up an office from where the proposed commission members would sit and discharge their functions. “What do you want to say? You do not have any place in entire Delhi where four persons could sit?” asked the bench, making it clear that no such “excuses” would be accepted.
The Centre delegated power to the lieutenant governor (LG) for constituting the panel at the court’s insistence, and now the government was taking undue time, it said, awarding four weeks to do the needful and posted the matter for 9 April.
Earlier, following the Centre’s delegation of power to the LG, the court had asked the city government to expeditiously set up the commission.
The court was hearing a public interest litigation, filed by NGO Social Jurist, alleging that the government had not set up the commission since 2005 that was required for rehabilitating the rescued child workers under a new law.