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Nagaland yet to establish adoption agencies in every district

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Supreme Court gives till August 30 to comply with order

DIMAPUR, JULY 9: Nagaland is among at least 12 States in the country where more than half of their districts are without Specialised Adoption Agencies (SAAs), despite the Supreme Court’s previous order to establish SAAs in every district by January 31 this year.
This came to light on Tuesday when a Supreme Court Bench comprising the Chief Justice of India DY Chandrachud, Justice JB Pardiwala and Justice Manoj Misra resumed a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) ~ filed by ‘The Temple of Healing’, a charitable trust ~ seeking the simplification of adoption procedures in the country.
Consequently, the apex Court directed the Chief Secretaries of the States and UTs to strictly comply with its order by August 30, failing which the Court will initiate contempt proceedings against them.
The Bench noted that as per the Union Ministry of Women & Child Development’s compliance report, out of 760 districts in the country, only 390 districts have functional SAAs. Meaning that 370 districts are still without adoption agencies, thus hindering the process.
According to the Ministry’s report, States like Goa, Chandigarh, Rajasthan, Karnataka, and Kerala have shown full compliance, having established SAAs in all their districts.
However, States such as Andhra Pradesh, Arunachal Pradesh, Delhi, Gujarat, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Jharkhand, Punjab, Nagaland, Telangana, Uttar Pradesh, and Uttarakhand have less than half of their districts with operational SAAs, it stated.
In its order, the Bench remarked even after a lapse of 4 months since passing its order in March to duly appoint SAAs in line with its previous Order dated November 20, 2023, there has been no complete compliance.
In its November 2023 order, the Court had directed all States and UTs to establish SAAs in every district by January 31, 2024.
“We are compelled to now take coercive proceedings against the States and UT since, despite repeated opportunities, SAAs have not been set up in all the districts.
“We accordingly direct that the Chief Secretaries of all the States and UTs shall file compliance affidavits on or before August 30, 2024 failing which they shall remain personally present before this Court on September 2, 2024, to explain why they should not be proceeded against under contempt jurisdiction. This shall not apply to States which have achieved full compliance”, read the order issued on Tuesday.
Recap
On November 20, 2023 the apex Court directed the Secretary-in-Charge of nodal Departments responsible for the implementation of the Juvenile Justice (JJ) Act in all States to carry out bi-monthly identification drives to identify children who were orphaned, abandoned, or surrendered “so that such children could enter the loop of adoption in India”.
It was stated that the first of these identification drives should be carried out on December 7, 2023.
Back then, the Court also directed all States and UTs to ensure the establishment of SAAs within every district by January 31 this year. It directed the nodal Department in charge of implementing the JJ Act to positively communicate compliance of the Court’s order to the Director or CARA and the Secretary of Ministry of Women and Child Development by January 31.
Previously, the Supreme Court had raised serious concerns over the delays in the adoption process “and the potential impact on both aspiring parents and children in need of loving homes”.
(Page News Service)

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