Tripura government has constituted State commission for protection of child rights to comply with recommendations of the national commission. Senior CPI (M) leader Rupa Ganguly has been made chairperson of the State commission which would have the mandate to protect child rights under relevant laws.

“Tripura state commission for protection of child rights has been constituted. The state government passed necessary order on formation of commission recently”, a senior official informed on Tuesday.

He said the national commission for protection of child rights first approached the state government in March 2008 to create the State commission. It followed some reminders. “The matter was elaborately discussed when the Chairperson of the national commission and its officials visited the state in 2011”, the official stated.

The national commission had visited the state to oversee the deplorable condition of children in Mizoram Reang refugee camps in north Tripura on a complaint by a New Delhi based human rights organisation.

The State commission would have the responsibilities to undertake welfare action for distressed children, work under ambit of child labour (protection and regulation) act, 1986, protect children from getting employment in business and domestic areas and ensure child health rights and protection of juvenile justice system.