Orientation programme for the Superintendents of the Children’s Homes, Observation Homes, Special Homes and Project Coordinators of Open Shelters

Bhubaneswar: A state level orientation programme for the Superintendents of the Children’s Homes, Observation Homes, Special Homes and Project Coordinators of Open Shelters of Odisha was held on 11th September 2018 being organised by Odisha State Child Protection Society (OSCPS) DWCD&MS, Govt. of Odisha, Bhubaneswar at IDCOL Auditorium, Bhubaneswar.

The objectives of this programme was to orient participants on the provisions for maintaining standards of care, safety & security of children living in institutions, deinstitutionalization, non-institutional care along with penalty provisions as stipulated in
Juvenile Justice (Care & Protection of Children) Act 2015.
The programme was inaugurated by Shri Prafulla Samal , Minister, Women and Child Development & Mission Shakti, SSEPD, MSME. Attending as Chief Guest Minister Sri Samal emphasized on providing and ensuring good quality care, protection and secure life to all children of our state to keep the children in safety net of society. Smt Anu Garg, Principal Secretary to Govt, WCD and Mission Shakti Department focused on effective monitoring of every Child Care Institutions (CCI) regularly. She also exhorted to provide best facility not only in terms of infrastructure but also in terms of love and care in these Homes. Shri D.Prasanth Kumar Reddy, Director OSCPS and ICDS & SW welcomed all the
participants and gave introductory remarks.

Various resource persons such as Sri Justice Dr. D.P. Choudhury, former Judge and member of Juvenile Justice Committee, Orissa High Court, Sri Balwant Singh, Director, Technical Education focused on technical education imparted by Govt. ITIs and various schemes, Sri Arun Bothra, IG of Police, CID-CB shared the experiences related to the Child Protection. Sri Sangram Kishore Samal, Programme Officer, Child Protection, Smt. Sujata
Mohanty, Programme Officer, SARA gave extensive presentation on this topic.

Representatives of around 211 Homes participated in the Orientation Programme. It may be mentioned that, keeping in view the best interest of these children, various
innovative ideas will be implemented by the Govt. Any unregistered CCI housing the children should be registered as per the provisions under Juvenile Justice (Care & Protection
of Children) Act 2015. Unregistered institutions will be closed down by due procedure. At last, Smt. Mohanty also thanked all the participants of the programme for their wholehearted participation.