Officials should not be removed because of change in govt: NCPCR chief

Last Updated: Tuesday, June 10, 2014 - 19:27

New Delhi: People who are serving their tenure should not be removed because of change in government, the NCPCR Chairperson Kushal Singh said on Tuesday.

Reportedly, Singh had allegedly received calls from the Ministry of Women and Child Development (WCD) on May 30 and June 2, pressurising her to resign as the the National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR) chief.

"If ministries start giving orders like this, then Commissions cannot function properly. I believe people who are serving tenure should not be removed because of a change in government," Singh told reporters here today.
Singh had moved the Delhi High Court seeking directions to the Ministry not to remove her without following the procedure laid down in the Commission for Protection of Child Right Act. Her tenure ends on October 10 this year.

The Court has sought the Centre`s response to Singh`s plea and issued notice to the WCD ministry seeking its reply by July 28.

"I think rule of law should prevail. I went to the court as there was a situation of indecision after I received calls from two ministry officials asking me to quit," Singh said.
"I don`t see this as a confrontation with the Ministry but this is a matter of principle," she said.
NCPCR was set up in 2007 under the Commission for Protection of Child Rights Act, 2005, to ensure that all laws, policies, programmes, and administrative mechanisms are in consonance with the child rights perspective as enshrined in the Constitution and also the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child.

PTI

First Published: Tuesday, June 10, 2014 - 19:27

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