State yet to decide on fate of 25 children of Preet Mandir

With no foreign adoption licence and in-country licence,the agency had requested for closure.

Written by Nisha Nambiar | Pune | Published: December 14, 2013 4:22 am

The fate of 25 children of Preet Mandir,an adoption agency,remains uncertain as the state government is yet to decide on transferring these children to other adoption homes in the wake of the agency requesting closure for non-renewal of in-country licence. The children are in the age-group of 3.5 to 11 years and the agency was hoping to transfer these children to other homes. With no foreign adoption licence and in-country licence,the agency had requested for closure.

However,the Women and Child Development (WCD) Department has taken a cautious move and has forwarded the case to the state government. Deputy Commissioner WCD said they have forwarded the request for renewal of license and closure to the state government. “We cannot take a decision independently,’’ said More.

Managing trustee R Bhatia of the Balwant Kartar Foundation which runs the adoption agency,Preet Mandir,said their primary concern was the welfare of the children. “If these children are shifted to other homes they can be taken up for foreign adoption. With the Assembly session on,the department has stated that we would have to wait,’’said Bhatia. Another trust member P Sharma said these children are being taken care of at the Kalyani Nagar home. “Had we got the license we would have rehabilitated them,” Bhatia said.

The adoption agency had decided to close its child care and adoption activities and had written to the Women and Child Welfare Department to transfer the children from its Kalyani Nagar home,the only office functional after its Pune Camp office was closed down,to other adoption homes. The agency has 25 children,including 15 special kids. A letter in this regard was sent to the department on November 7.

After three requests for renewal of licence and recognition certificate and several follow-ups did not yield results,Preet Mandir decided to shut operations. “Under the present circumstances,with profound regret we are constrained to stop our child care and adoption activities and earnestly request you to transfer the children as deemed appropriate by November 30,’’ stated the letter written by Preet Mandir managing trustee D P Bhatia.

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