Skip to main content

CAG report indicts Gujarat government's save the girl child campaign during Modi's stewardship

By Our Representative
In a scathing critique of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's much-hyped save the girl child campaign during the period of Gujarat's chief ministership, India's Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) has found that the Gujarat government had totally failed to implement the Pre-Conception and Pre-Natal Diagnostic Techniques (PCPNDT) Act, meant to stop female foeticides.
The CAG, in its performance audit, “Protection and Welfare of Girl Child”, has said, "Out of total 181 cases filed under PC&PNDT Act, only 49 cases had been finalised as of March 2014 and out of 49 cases finalised, only in six cases, the delinquents were convicted." It adds, "The pendency period of these cases ranged from one to 12 years."
The PC&PNDT Act empowers the Appropriate Authority (AA) to conduct search and seizure of records of any Genetic Clinic, Ultrasound Clinic, Imaging Centre or any other place providing facility of sonography. Not only was there extremely poor conviction rate, CAG says, even the "required number of sting/decoy operations were not conducted and records of unsuccessful sting/decoy operations were not maintained.
CAG notes an "increasing trend of girl child victims of rape case was noticed". Thus, "the percentage of girl child victims of rape cases against total cases registered in the State increased from 21.25 (2009) to 36.15 (2013)." Then, there were "instances of non-payment of financial assistance to victims of rape and also delay in payment of assistance."
One of the major requirements of any save the girl child campaign should to overcome the evil of child marriages. Yet, says CAG, "Out of 659 complaints of child marriages received during 2009-14, court cases were filed in only 15 cases (two per cent) and not a single person was convicted in the State."
It says, "In cases of pre-marriage complaints received, though sufficient evidences like marriage cards, birth certificates, etc, had been collected by District Child Marriage Prohibition Officers, sufficient follow-up action as required under the Prohibition of Child Marriage Act 2006 had not been taken." The CAG report was submitted in the Gujarat state assembly on Tuesday.
All this happened at a time when, CAG says, Gujarat State Child Protection Society (GSCPS) has "not formulated the State Child Protection Policy and State Plan of Action", nor has the "District Child Protection Plans have been prepared." The result failure to protect the girld child is that, it adds, the "sex ratio at birth in 15 out of 26 districts in the State declined in 2013 as compared to 2012 as per data of Civil Registration System."
Referring to the plight of homeless children in Gujarat, CAG says, Open Shelters in urban and semi-urban areas are supposed to cater to all children in need of care and protection, particularly beggars, street and working children, rag pickers, small vendors, run-away children, etc.
"Ten centres which were in existence were discontinued as their approval was cancelled in June 2011 due to non-availability of infrastructure and thereafter there were no centres. Thus, children in need of care and protection in the State continued to live a vulnerable life and were deprived of the facility of safe environment in Open Shelters", CAG says.
"Though Juvenile Justice Act, 2000 envisaged for registration of Children’s Homes, in the State, Children’s Homes were found running without registration", says CAG, adding, "Some Children’s Homes were under utilised while in some children’s homes facilities were inadequate i.e. dirty toilets, no compound walls, no playgrounds, no proper drainage facility, prescribed pairs of clothes were not provided to children, children with special needs were accommodated with other children instead of accommodating in separate homes."
As for girls, they were "found escaped from Children’s Homes", and "girls escaped from Rajkot are yet to be traced". In fact, CAG says, "The JJ Act, 2000 and Gujarat JJ Rules, 2011 require separate Children’s Homes for the age group of 7-11 and 12-18 years. All girls were accommodated in a single home instead of being accommodated in separate homes based on age groups. Even girls were accommodated in single dormitory though additional dormitory was available."

Comments

TRENDING

Congress 'promises' cancellation of Adani power project: Jharkhand elections

Counterview Desk
Pointing out that people's issues take a backseat in Jharkhand's 2019 assembly elections, the state's civil rights organization, the Jharkhand Janadhikar Mahasabha, a coalition of activists and people’s organisations, has said that political parties have largely ignored in their electoral manifestos the need to implement the fifth schedule of the Constitution in a predominantly tribal district.

Hindutva founders 'borrowed' Nazi, fascist idea of one flag, one leader, one ideology

By Shamsul Islam*
With the unleashing of the reign of terror by the RSS/BJP rulers against working-class, peasant organizations, women organizations, student movements, intellectuals, writers, poets and progressive social/political activists, India also witnessed a series of resistance programmes organized by the pro-people cultural organizations in different parts of the country. My address in some of these programmes is reproduced here... 
***  Before sharing my views on the tasks of artists-writers-intellectuals in the times of fascism, let me briefly define fascism and how it is different from totalitarianism. Totalitarianism is political concept, a dictatorship of an individual, family or group which prohibits opposition in any form, and exercises an extremely high degree of control over public and private life. It is also described as authoritarianism.
Whereas fascism, while retaining all these repressive characteristics, also believes in god-ordained superiority of race, cultur…

Gujarat refusal to observe Maulana Azad's birthday as Education Day 'discriminatory'

By Our Representative
The Gujarat government decision not to celebrate the National Education Day on !monday has gone controversial. Civil society organizations have particularly wondered whether the state government is shying away from the occasion, especially against the backdrop of "deteriorating" level of education in Gujarat.

Ex-World Bank chief economist doubts spurt in India's ease of doing business rank

By Rajiv Shah
This is in continuation of my previous blog where I had quoted from a commentary which top economist Prof Kaushik Basu had written in the New York Times (NYT) a little less than a month ago, on November 6, to be exact. He recalled this article through a tweet on November 29, soon after it was made known that India's growth rate had slumped (officially!) to 4.5%.

With RSS around, does India need foreign enemy to undo its democratic-secular fabric?

By Shamsul Islam*
Many well-meaning liberal and secular political analysts are highly perturbed by sectarian policy decisions of RSS/BJP rulers led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, especially after starting his second inning. They are vocal in red-flagging lynching incidents, policies of the Modi government on Kashmir, the National Register of Citizens (NRC), the demand for 'Bharat Ratna' to Savarkar who submitted 6-7 mercy petitions to the British masters (getting remission of 40 years out of 50 years' sentence), and the murder of constitutional norms in Goa, Karnataka and now in Maharashtra.

Rushdie, Pamuk, 260 writers tell Modi: Aatish episode casts chill on public discourse

Counterview Desk
As many as 260 writers, journalists, artists, academics and activists across the world, including Salman Rushdie, British Indian novelist, Orhan Pamuk, Turkish novelist and recipient of the 2006 Nobel Prize in literature, and Margaret Atwood, Canadian poet and novelist, have called upon Prime Minister Narendra Modi to review the decision to strip British Indian writer Aatish Taseer of his overseas Indian citizenship.

Worrying signs in BJP: Modi, Shah begin 'cold-shouldering' Gujarat CM, party chief

By RK Misra*
The political developments in neighbouring Maharashtra where a Shiv Sena-NCP-Congress government assumed office has had a trickle down effect in Gujarat with both the ruling BJP and the Congress opposition going into revamp mode.

Church in India 'seems to have lost' moral compass of unequivocal support to the poor

By Fr Cedric Prakash SJ*
In 2017, Pope Francis dedicated a special day, to be observed by the Universal Church, every year, as the ‘World Day of the Poor’. This year it will be observed on November 17 on the theme ‘The hope of the poor shall not perish for ever’; in a message for the day Pope Francis says:

'Discussed' with Modi, Gujarat Rann Sarovar proposal for Kutch runs into rough weather

By Rajiv Shah
Top Saurashtra industrialist Jaysukhbhai Patel’s by now controversial proposal to convert the 4,900 sq km Little Rann of Kutch area, an eco-sensitive zone – a UNESCO biosphere, world’s only wild ass reserve, and a nesting ground of lesser flamingoes – into a huge sweet water lake, called Rann Sarovar, has suffered a major roadblock. At least three Central agencies have expressed serious doubts about its feasibility.

'Favouring' tribals and ignoring Adivasis? Behind coercion of India's aborigines

By Mohan Guruswamy*
Tribal people account for 8.2% of India’s population. They are spread over all of India’s States and Union Territories. Even so they can be broadly classified into three groupings. The first grouping consists of populations who predate the Indo-Aryan migrations. These are termed by many anthropologists as the Austro-Asiatic-speaking Australoid people.