The state Cabinet on Monday approved the proposal for setting up of the West Bengal Commission for Protection of Child Rights. The decision was taken after reports of rise in the incidents of corporal punishment in schools.
The state Woman and Child Development Department has prepared the draft rules of the new commission on the lines of National Commission for Protection of Child Rights. The draft rules have already been vetted by the state Law Department and has been sent to the finance department.
Though the National Commission for Protection of Child Rights was formed a few years ago,the state government,so far,has been unable to set up an equivalent state-level body due to various administrative deadlocks.
The new commission will have six members and a chairman. The member secretary of the commission will be a secretary-rank officer. A number of neighbouring states,including Assam and Bihar,have already formed similar commissions.
The process of setting up the commission in the state began in earnest only after suicide by a La Martiniere student following caning that hit the headlines.
Earlier,the School Education Department has set up Right To Education Protection Authority though its activities were limited to only complaints relating to educational institutions.