GUWAHATI, Feb 12 � Exhorting upon the judicial officers to act proactively in the matters concerning child rights and implementation of Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children) Act, the Chief Justice of Gauhati High Court, Justice MB Lokur today stressed on strengthening juvenile justice system in Assam.
Speaking at a regional level training programme for sensitisation of judicial officers on Juvenile Justice at Guwahati, Justice Lokur highlighted the Constitutional provisions regarding the protection of child rights and said that the obligations laid out by the Constitution regarding child rights must be abide by.
Also underlining the need to increase budgetary allocation for children, he said that whereas children constitute 43.3 percent of the total population of the State the budgetary allocation for children is merely 5.38 per cent.
The training programme was organised by the Law Research Institute, Gauhati High Court in collaboration with UNICEF, Assam. Judicial officers from Kamrup, Nalbari and Darrang participated in the programme.
�The first of its kind training has been organised keeping in view the role played by judicial officers in the implementation of legislations. Even the best of the legislations on papers are little effective unless implemented properly,� Jeroo Master, Chief, UNICEF Assam said.
The Juvenile Justice Act in Assam is implemented by the Departments of Social Welfare, Law and Police. The Juvenile Justice system comprises of 26 Juvenile Justice Boards (covering 27 districts), 27 Child Welfare Committees, Special Juvenile Police Units in all the districts, District Social Welfare Officers and Probation Officers in addition to the child care institutions functioning in the State.
In a phased manner, such trainings would be organised in Bongaigaon, Silchar, Nagaon, Lakhimpur and Dibrugarh within the month of March.
A monthly newsletter on Juvenile Justice system was also released by the Chief Justice on the occasion.
Director General of Police Sankar Baruah, while speaking, stressed on implementing the theoretical ideas on the ground. He said that the sensitisation programmes would help all the stakeholders of child welfare and juvenile justice system to implement the legal provisions in a more forceful manner.
HK Sharma, Commissioner, Department of Social Welfare, while addressing the participants, said that though the Act came in the year 2000, it could not be implemented forcefully due to lack of funds.