Wednesday , 20 September 2017
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Ponda resident seeks removal of  4 members of child rights panel

PANAJI: A member of the civil society has filed a complaint with Chief Secretary regarding violation of rules while appointing four members of the Goa State Commission for Protection of Child Rights, and has urged for removal of these members.

A resident of  Ponda, Vinay Patkar in his complaint to the Chief Secretary has stated that the four members of GSCPCR are engaged in ‘paid employment’ outside their duties as the members of the commission.

According to the complaint, the members – M R K Prasad, who is employed in V M Salgaonkar College of Law, Panaji; Sujata D Bhatkar, who is employed in Khandola College; Cyanna M Hoogewerf, employed in Don Bosco College, Panaji and Audrey Pinto, who is employed in non-government organisation (NGO) named SCAN have violated Section 7 (2) (b) of the Commission for Protection of Child Rights Act 2005 read with Rule 6 of the Goa Commission for Protection of Child Rights Rules 2010.

“In view of the above the members of GSCPCR are liable for removal from office due to the said legal bar. Hence, I kindly request you to do the needful as the continuance of the aforementioned members is contrary to the law,” Patkar has said in his complaint to the Chief Secretary.

He also prayed that new members may be appointed as the functioning of the commission should not be affected.

The appointment of said members of the commission was done in March 2015. The term of the members of the commission is for three years.

The Section 7 (2) (b) of the Commission for Protection of Child Rights Act 2005 says that notwithstanding anything contained in sub-section (1), the central government may by order remove from the office of chairperson or any other members, if the chairperson or, as the case may be, such other member engaged during his term of office in any paid employment outside the duties of his office.

The complaint further states that it appears that the said members are fully aware of the aforesaid provision but have conveniently preferred to remain silent on the issue.

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