Audit reveals they were functioning without three-year registration
As many as 67 children’s homes across Kanyakumari district had been functioning without getting proper registration, said Collector S. Nagarajan.
The Collector said here on Sunday that the children’s homes need to be registered under the Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children) Act, 2000, and Amendment Act, 2006.
During a recent audit conducted by the district administration by deputing special officials, it was found that only 40 children’s homes had been registered and 67 others were functioning without the mandatory three-year registration.
Even after repeated instructions and having been given time limits, two children’s homes did not obtain the registration.
Action had been initiated against the home owners under Juvenile Justice Act on August 30.
Moreover, four other homes which did not have basic facilities were voluntarily closed by the owners.
Of the remaining 61 homes, nine had applied for the registration which was under scrutiny by the District Social Welfare Department.
During the audit, it was found that 11 homes — five in Agastheeswaram, two in Kalkulam and four in Vilavancode taluks — had been functioning without basic facilities. Those homes will not be registered.
The officials had instructed the 11 homes to ne shut down.
Otherwise, under the Juvenile Justice Act, the children in the homes would be rescued and legal action initiated against them.
Applications that were returned by the officials for not having supporting documents and other faults must be resubmitted it with the required documents before September 27, the Collector said.