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NGOs make strong representation to CM on Apna Ghar

Several NGOs have made a representation to the chief minister requesting him to suspend Apna Ghar staff named by children to the police, and also deploy round the clock security personnel at the home. This step was taken after it came to light that minors in conflict with the law lodged at the state-run reformatory home are being used by staff at the home to commit crimes with help of anti-social elements.

Some of the areas which need immediate attention, according to the representation by NGOs, are “suspension of staff named by children who are involved in abetting the escape and supplying intoxicating substances till further inquiry, security personnel deployment for safety of children and juveniles who disclosed information of those involved, a ban on mobile phones and personal belongings of staff and visitors within the premises, and the introduction of surprise supervisory visits to the institution”, the NGOs have said in the representation.

The representation was signed by Child Welfare Committee (CWC) member Audrey Pinto, Juvenile Justice Board (JJB) members Prachi Khadeparkar and Cyanna Mendes and NGO SCAN’s director Emidio Pinho.

The racket came to light after Porvorim police on Sunday arrested caretaker Videsh Mandrekar. They suspect that two more caretakers are involved in the racket. Mandrekar has been booked for criminal conspiracy. His bail application was rejected by the court.

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