Postponement of the proposed public hearing by the National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR) over the complaints related to the violation of child rights and children’s right to education in Gujarat has sparked a controversy with an activist writing to the NCPCR that he is feeling ‘a sense of betrayal’ by the postponement.
The public hearing was scheduled for January 27-28 in Ahmedabad and it was postponed after P Panneervel the Principal Secretary,Labour and Employment,Gujarat Government wrote to the NCPCR for the same.
The activist,Rajesh Solanki secretary of the voluntary organisation,Dalit Hak Rakshak Manch has written to the chair-person of NCPCR Shantha Sinha on Tuesday in this regard.
According to Solanki,the NCPCR had decided to hold public hearing on the alleged violations of child rights and children’s right to education in Gujarat. And the Commission was forwarded various complaints in this regard also to be taken up during the public hearing. Initially,the hearing was scheduled for November 25-26. However,that was postponed for January 27-28. Now,the hearing has been postponed ‘to a future date after one month’ as the state government had sought time for looking into each case/matter/grievance referred to it.
Paneervel had written to the NCPCR on January 19 requesting to postpone the public hearing. Primarily,such public hearing is held based on the evidences produced by the complainants and in case the state government has failed to respond to such complaints to NCPCR. Hence,it is essential that the government to go through the details of the complaints based on the evidences produced and it has adequate opportunity to respond to the Commission, Paneervel had written to NCPCR in his letter dated January 19.
He had also requested the NCPCR to postpone the public hearing and to send details of complaints to the state government to respond.