The Punjab and Haryana High Court has granted two months’ time to the Punjab and Haryana governments, to appoint a chairperson and members to the State Commission for Protection of Child Rights. Justice Surya Kant also ordered the Punjab government to amend its rules to bring it in conformity with the Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children) Rules, 2007.
Amicus Curiae in the case, Anil Malhotra had informed the court that Punjab government’s rules were not in line with the Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children) Rules, 2007, and that directions needed to be issued to the state government in this regard. Punjab has now been told to constitute a selection committee which is to further pick the child welfare committees, inspection committees and advisory board under the Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children) Act in Punjab.
Earlier the high court had permitted the Punjab government to appoint the chairperson and members by July 31. Haryana had till June 30 to do so.
The Punjab government, however, informed the court that advertisement for appointments had been issued on July 1 and the process for amendment of Rule 82 of the Punjab Juvenile Justice Rules, 2014 is under consideration. The Haryana government also informed the court that it has also issued the advertisement for filling up the posts.