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  1. Given that personality-centric rather than policy-centric political discourse dominates in our part of the world, the educational qualifications of Smriti Irani or the lack of them have been of utmost relevance to the mainstream media. Indeed, the apparent contradictions in her affidavits do seem to amount to a crime, and the current law minister of Delhi, from the AAP, is also caught in a similar controversy. India’s first education minister, Maulana Abul Kalam Azad, never had any formal modern education, but he was a visionary in every sense of the term, his greatest legacy perhaps being IIT-Kharagpur, in which he took great personal interest. On the other hand, the policies of the current central government in this very crucial sector of education have not been discussed as much as Smriti Irani’s qualifications, though some of them are undoubtedly praiseworthy such as getting scientists to take some classes for school and college students (including even eminent scientists) and instructing universities to include more about the northeast in their curricula. However, the intended focus here is to discuss the subject of reforming the Right to Education (RTE) Act (not to be confused with the RTI Act) introduced by the UPA government in fulfillment of a Directive Principle of the Indian constitution, mentioned earlier under Article 45 of the Indian constitution, neglected by all preceding governments. Access to free education from the age group of six to fourteen years in a neighbourhood school was made a fundamental right under Article 21A of the constitution, indeed a great milestone. The RTE Act has also set down some infrastructure norms that have to be met by all schools, reserved 25% of the seats in private schools for economically backward children with the government bearing their financial burden (something I wholeheartedly support, notwithstanding the challenges, and such income-based reservations at the primary level should, in my opinion, be the only reservations in education we should have), banned all forms of physical punishment to students and prohibited detention till Class VIII. Read at: http://modelgovernance.com/not-a-toothless-tiger-to-secure-our-childrens-future-please/
  2. An analysis of census data by Child Rights and You (CRY) has revealed that child labour has been decreasing at a mere 2.2 per cent per year over the last decade, contrary to popular perception of its substantial reduction. At this rate, it would take over a century for India to end child labour, the report said. The analysis also points to a dangerous trend - while over a crore children continue to be a part of the country's workforce, child labour in urban areas has increased by 53 per cent during 2001-2011.Read more at; India needs 100 years to end child labour: CRY - Ahmedabad Mirror
  3. NEW DELHI: As many as 785 were convicted last year under the Child Labour (Prohibition & Regulation) Act 1986 for the employment of children below the age of 14 years, reveals an RTI reply. The Ministry of Labour & Employment, which collected the data from states regarding the violation and conviction said that 1098 violations came to notice and 1054 prosecutions were launched against the violators. “Any person who employs a child in any occupation or process where employment of children is prohibited under the Child Labour Act, is liable for punishment with imprisonment for a term which shall not be less than three months, but which may extend to a year, a fine which shall not be less than `10, 000 but which may extend to `20,000 or with both,” the Ministry said in its RTI response. The Ministry also said that 5167 Special Training Centres under National Child Labour Project (NCLP) districts were operational till December 2014. Read at: 785 Held Last Year for Child Labour: RTI Reply - The New Indian Express
  4. Ranchi, May 30: The state woman, child and social welfare department has finally tabled its own rules to control child marriage, customised for Jharkhand, taking Prohibition of Child Marriage Act, 2006, as reference point. Jharkhand Child Marriage Prohibition Rules, 2015, which got notified last month, will work to control the menace of minors being forcibly married off, a widely prevalent practice in the state as recent reports of chief minister Raghubar Das intervening in a couple of cases in Gumla and Ranchi showed. The matter came to light recently through an RTI query filed by one Baidyanath Kumar, functionary of NGO Diya Seva Sansthan, which works against child trafficking. "I wanted to know how many cases of child marriages were filed, tracked, and resolved, basically, what the government was doing about it. Though I did not receive answers to my specific queries, the department in its RTI reply said child marriage rules for the state had been formed and notified. I have filed in the second appellate to get answers to my specific questions," Kumar said. Read at: Rules to ban child marriages
  5. Hello, Kindly help me in answering my following questions. 1. I have adopted a child from my brother-in-law when the baby was 20 days and lost her mother due to massive heart attack. The child is now five years old and I need to apply for getting her passport. Kindly inform me what are the documents required? 2. The initial mentioned in the birth certificate differs from her present name. Is it necessary to produce "change of name" documents as per the passport document requirement? Thanks and regards, PRAKTOM
  6. Hello, respected citizens I have a query regarding the birth certificate of my child. My child's birth certificate does not mention my surname. Firstly, i am catholic and my wife has kept her maiden surname as it would affect her professional certificates. my child was born in virar, so according to the MC; the child name is printed on the birth certificate without the surname only the first name. since my spouse has not changed her surname. It is affecting her school joining requirements, also it may be an hurdle in getting future documents. Please can you suggest or advice how to get my surname added on to my child's birth certificate to render smooth proceeding for her. Thank you Adolf Vanderpett
  7. Kochi: Three years have passed since the central government asked the state to constitute special courts to try cases under the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act (POCSO Act) 2012.Till date, the government has not constituted a single court. As per the data provided by the National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR) under the RTI, so far the state has not convicted a single person under the Act. Read at: No court to try child abuse cases
  8. calljasprit

    Rti to know welfare of a child

    A friend of mine had a divorce and custody of his daughter is with his wife and in agreement he gave away all visitation too . now he wishes to know welfare of his daughter . can he file rti to police to seek information regarding his daughter . and to what more departments can he file rti. His ex wife and daughter are in dehradun.
  9. Mar 26 2015 : The Times of India (Delhi) Disadvantaged children stay behind despite RTE New Delhi: TIMES NEWS NETWORK   In the last five years the Right to Education Act's key provision of providing 25% reservation to disadvantaged children has been poorly implemented with only 29% of the 21.4 lakh seats reserved for them getting filled. An exhaustive report * State of the Nation: RTE Section 12(1)© * by IIM, Ahmedabad, and Central Square Foundation covers private schools in 28 states and is based on the analysis of District Information System for Education (DISE) 2013-14 data. What emerges is a wide variation across states. If Delhi is right on top having filled 92% of 38,297 seats for children from economically weaker sections (EWS), Madhya Pradesh has filled 88% of 1.82 lakh EWS seats.Undivided Andhra Pradesh has an abysmal record of filling only 0.2% of 1.72 lakh seats. Uttar Pradesh has filled 3% of 5.84 lakh seats, Tamil Nadu 11% of 1.43 lakh seats, Maharashtra 19% of 1.42 lakh seats. Bihar's fill rate is 20.78% of 18,930 seats and West Bengal has done better by filling 32.05% of 54,097 seats for EWS. The report also highlights that in 2013-14, out of 2.06 lakh private unaided schools with Class I, only about 45,000 schools reported enrolling students under EWS category . States such as Andhra Pradesh (0.1%), Odisha (1%) and Uttar Pradesh (2%) have reported the lowest school participation rate.The report also highlights a fair amount of inconsistency between the DISE data and data on the Sarva Shiksha Abhiyaan website, state websites, and even those reported as responses to RTI queries that were filed by the authors. Anita Kaul, former secretary, department of justice, who played a pivotal role in the drafting and implementing RTE Act, said, “The study will provide useful inputs in finding out gaps in the implementation of RTE Act.“ She said RTE Act is perhaps the only Act where rules were drafted in a record time of one year. “Maybe there is a need to review some of the rules to resolve ambiguities and gaps,“ she said. For the full report, log on to http:India News, Latest Sports, Bollywood, World, Business & Politics News - Times of India
  10. An RTI response has revealed the shocking record of Delhi government hospitals, which boast of world-class healthcare facilities but have failed to save the lives of their newborn and young patients. 34,000 casualties in five years were reported from 19 Central and Delhi government hospitals. Read more at: Shocking infant deaths in Delhi's government hospitals: RTI shows 34,000 children perished in five years | Daily Mail Online
  11. THIRUVANANTHAPURAM:As per a reply under the RTI Act which was invoked by Suseela Gopalan Patana Kendram to 1043 local self-government institutions in the state, 2578 child marriages were registered in 2013. Only 860 local self-government institutions responded to the RTI query. Read at: '2578 Child Marriages Registered in 2013' - The New Indian Express
  12. My child read in LKG class at Kidzee Jamnagar.We have periodicaly go to school to know the growth of my child but all time they appriciate the growth of my child.But today all child get motivated awared from School ecept my child.In this point my child is now demotivated and denied to go to school. So i want to take action against this School. Pl. tell me how can i do this.
  13. Hello, Pls let me know benefits for the child born on 26th january
  14. Vasanthi p

    Child care leave

    Hello, my son is studying in 12th class. He is having his exams now. His date of birth is 5-11-1996. Am I eligible for availing child care leave ? Please do reply !
  15. Hello, Govt of India.My child baby boy is born on 26,Jan-2012.Can you help me that the Govt of India gives benefits to child who have born on Jan 26 & Aug 15 .
  16. RTI information received from the civic body by Vansh’s father Arun Maheshwari stated that there were 22 parks in Sector 7 and they were not meant for playing. Following the RTI information, the children moved the court. The complaint by the children stated that there was no specific place or playground allocated by the MC or HUDA. In the RTI, the MC also mentioned that they had no policy for outdoor activites, recreation and welfare of children, said Maheshwari. Read at: After plea, court allows children to play in parks
  17. A right to information (RTI) application has shown that 64 differently abled children have died in homes across the state over the last three years, a statistic that becomes particularly alarming when you consider that the state has a total capacity of only 1,181 such children. Read more at: Grave apathy in children?s homes - Pune Mirror
  18. Two brothers, retd colonels, got 31 plots under HUDA quota Two retired Army colonels being probed as part of an investigation into allegedly fraudulent multiple allotment of plots to individuals by the Haryana Urban Development Authority (HUDA) had between them got as many as 31 plots. Karan Singh Yadav and Dharam Singh Yadav, who are brothers, were allotted these plots in various urban estates of Haryana between 1998 and 2004 (including the time they were serving), documents submitted in the Punjab & Haryana High Court show. The scam is being probed by HUDA on the orders of the court. Over 325 FIRs have been registered against beneficiaries, including 188 defence personnel, who allegedly got more than one plot in their name, or in the name of their spouse or children. The Yadavs have got an interim stay on their arrest. Read More: Two brothers, retd colonels, got 31 plots under HUDA quota | The Indian Express
  19. Reported by Shikha Sharma in indianexpress.com on 16/12/2013 Rape relief: Only 24 beneficiaries - Indian Express Rape relief: Only 24 beneficiaries Nearly two years later, only few have benefited from the Delhi government's Rs 15-crore compensation scheme to help rehabilitate victims of rape, acid attack, trafficking and child abuse. According to an RTI filed by Pratidhi, a project run by Delhi Police with Association for Democracy, a few more than two-dozen victims have received compensation so far. What is more, the office of the divisional commissioner, which disburses the amount, doesn't have a consolidated record of the number of beneficiaries. Section 4(a) of the RTI Act mandates every public authority to maintain records. Under the scheme, the Divisional Commissioner operates the fund and Delhi Legal Services Authority (DSLSA) is empowered to decide the amount for compensation. "I have allotted the money to deputy commissioners who disburse the amount. All data is maintained with individual district commissioners who make the payments. That is why the data is scattered," divisional commissioner of Delhi Dharampal said. But only a few commissioners seem to be in possession of the data. "Of the 65 sub districts, only 8 seem to have information. According to those figures, 24 beneficiaries have received a total sum of around 30 lakh so far. In the East district alone, there are at least 10 victims who haven't got any relief after 6 months of the incident," Raaj Mangal, director of Pratidhi, said. After the December 16 gangrape, Delhi government had decided to amend the scheme to expedite the process of getting relief. The changes were recommended by the DSLSA and the draft was submitted to the government in February. But, since February 2013, no action has been taken as the draft has got stuck between the the home and law departments.
  20. mattamatta

    child labour

    In our colony there is so many illegal factories are running and hundreds of children working there i have loaded complaint on 1098 several times but no action has been taken yet..our area address is d-52 north ghoda yamuna vihar road delhi-53 st no 2
  21. RTI Act helps parents get girl back as reported by Viju B, TNN, May 17, 2010 MUMBAI: The Right to Information (RTI) Act came to the rescue of a couple from Sion who had been fighting for the custody of their child for almost three years. The Venkats were left at sea after their 14-year-old daughter Sunita (name changed) was forcibly taken away by her maternal grandfather, showing them an order passed by the state Child Welfare Committee (CWC). Sunita is S Venkat's daughter from his first marriage. He subsequently married a second time, to a woman, Meenu. Following a complaint lodged by Sunita's maternal grandfather (Venkat's first wife's father), the CWC in 2008 passed an order stating that she should live with her grandfather and not with her parents. "Her grandfather had come up with an absurd argument that as Sunita did not have her biological mother, I should abandon my two kids and look after only her," said Meenu. "Our child was forcibly taken away from me when my husband was abroad. I had never told my children that Sunita was born out of my husband's first marriage. They all loved each other like siblings; the kids were shattered when they learn that their elder sister had gone away somewhere." When Venkat asked for the copy of the complaint and other related documents, the CWC officials denied these papers. The couple even approached the Chembur and Matunga police, asking them for the copies of the complaint lodged against them, but the officials refused to provide them with the papers. "That was when someone suggested that we should file an RTI query," Venkat said. Meenu then filed an RTI query with the CWC, asking for all the documents pertaining to the case. "When the public information officer of the CWC declined to give us the information, I filed a first appeal. But even the appellate authority delayed the data and I approached the state information commission," Venkat said. State chief information commissioner Suresh Joshi, after hearing the case, directed the CWC to provide all the relevant documents to the Venkats. "This was a genuine case where an RTI applicant was denied information for no rhyme or reason and because of that, the couple had to suffer mental trauma and hardship," Joshi told TOI. Armed with this information, the couple then moved the Bombay high court and filed a writ petition against the illegal custody of the child; the HC set aside the CWC order. The court noted that the respondent—Sunita's grandfather—should have approached the civil court under the Guardian and Wards Act. "Instead, he took police help and went to the CWC. The CWC seems to have exceeded its jurisdiction," the order said. Venkat said the HC order even noted that that they had got a copy of all documents by using the RTI Act. "We hope that our struggle will inspire others to use RTI Act to get information from reluctant babus," Venkat said. Joshi said, in a rare gesture, the couple sent him a letter of appreciation, thanking him for taking up the cause of a citizen, who was denied information. RTI Act helps parents get girl back - Mumbai - City - The Times of India
  22. arvindharitus

    To whom i have to complain

    Hi, I am living in Indrapuram (Ghaziabad, Uttar predesh) adjacent to delhi. 1. To whom i have to complain about bad road condition, unauthorized parking on the road, occupied road by shopkeepers. 2. To whom i have to complain about UNAUTHORIZE PORK,CHIKEN,MUTTON AND OTHER MEAT SHOPS IN LOCALITY. 3. Complain for Loud speakers on late night. 4. Where to complain for child labor. What is the procedure to do all above and where and what is the procedure for that. -Arvind
  23. As reported by Manas Pratim Gohain at timesofindia.indiatimes.com on 10 October 2009 NEW DELHI: It has been three years since the government banned employment of children through an amendment in the Child Labour (Prohibition and Regulation) Act 1986. But the situation on the ground has not improved much, with a recent Unicef report claiming that over 12 million children in India work in hazardous conditions and 1,85,595 children are employed as domestic helps. On Friday, Campaign Against Child Trafficking and Labour (CACT) launched a fact-finding mission National Social Audit to look into the enforcement of the ban against child labour. "Even after three years of the ban, the situation is alarming. Sources tell us that over 50,000 children work in Delhi's homes and eateries. Therefore a look at the implementation of the ban is necessary. We have already started the auditing process in Delhi and 11 other states,'' said Bharti Ali of CACT. According to the information revealed by Delhi's department of labour in response to an RTI plea, none of the child labourers working in houses or eateries has been rehabilitated under the Indus project that was launched after the ban on child labourers was notified on October 10, 2006. Though the department had reportedly rescued 128 children 23 from houses and 105 from eateries and dhabas between 2006 and 2008, they were simply sent back to their parents and not rehabilitated. Also, families of only 12 rescued children received compensation in accordance with the Supreme Court guidelines. But contrary to the specified procedure, no relative of the child labourers was given job. Instead, six families received Rs 5,000 each while six others got Rs 20,000. Sources said, the audit would also highlight anomalies in the legal provisions against child labour. "First there is no uniformity in different Acts on the age under which a person is considered a child. Under the Child Labour Act/Factories Act a child is below 14 years, while according to the Juvenile Justice Act, 2000 and the Mines Act 1952 it is 18 years. The Merchant Shipping Act, meanwhile, considers anyone below 15 years of age a child. Even child labour is not defined properly in these acts,'' said Raajmangal Prasad, convener of CACT's Delhi branch and a member of child welfare committee in the capital. According to CACT, over 3.15 million raids in the country since October 2006 have yielded just 83,000 cases that have gone to the court, a dismal figure that highlights lack of prosecution. Convener of CACL, Ashok Kumar said they would first explore the secondary documents (government reports and efforts) through RTI and then audit the number of children working in dhabas along the highways in the country. Speaking about the sad state of affairs, member of the child welfare committee in east Delhi Mamta Sahai said: "Between 2006 and 2009, I have handled 430 cases, but I have no idea about the status of prosecution. In most cases we can't do much as the children want to go back to their homes. We don't know how to help them except providing them transportation facility to go back.'' Source: 3 years on, child labour ban just on paper - Delhi - City - The Times of India
  24. imambadar

    Children Educaton Allowance

    Hi, I am new member for this form. This is a very useful and informative forum for citizens of India. I would like to know something about the latest 6th pay allowances announced about the Children Eductation Allowance. As per the latest 6th pay recommendation, the Govt of India has enchanced the CEA to Rs. 1000/- per month. Circular has also been issued to different department and ministries but it has not yet started yet despite seven to eight months of announcement. I am working in Indian Air Force as Civilian Governemnt Employees. The said allowances is not being paid on the plea that govt has not issued any instruction and procedures. What should I do. To whom should I contact in this regard. My place of posting is Allahabad.
  25. Public Information Officer of Sports Association of Goa (SAG) has replied to my RTI to contact Goa State Chess Association (GSCA)for the information. However he did not forward my RTI to GSCA. I field my grevence to First Appellate Authority that is Executive Director, SAG. FAA in its order stated that Sports Association is being paid substaintial grants from SAG, by virtue of which Association comes under the purview of "Public Authority" under Right to Information Act (RTI) 2005. It has also been clarified that The Secretary is PIO of Association. This will be of great help for parents. Parents can ask by usuing RTI regarding selection of teams to represent Goa in various sports diciplines directly to the PIO of Sports Association. Written reply with in stipulated time will help Sports in general in Goa.
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