February 4, 2024
• In a significant stride towards safeguarding and promoting child rights, the National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR) has developed and launched the GO Home and Re-Unite (GHAR) Portal. This portal is a digital platform designed to monitor and track the restoration and repatriation of children in accordance with the protocols outlined in the Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children) Act, 2015, and its associated rules.
Overview of GHAR Portal
• The GHAR Portal serves as a comprehensive tool for the digital tracking and monitoring of children within the Juvenile Justice system who require repatriation to another Country, State, or District. Developed by the NCPCR, it encompasses several key features aimed at expediting the repatriation process and ensuring the welfare of the children involved.
Salient Features of GHAR Portal
Digital Tracking and Monitoring:
• Monitors the movement of children within the Juvenile Justice system for efficient repatriation.
Digital Transfer of Cases:
• Facilitates the swift transfer of children’s cases to the respective Juvenile Justice Board or Child Welfare Committee of the State.
• Requests language assistance from the concerned State Government when translators, interpreters, or experts are required.
Progress Monitoring by Authorities:
• Empowers Child Welfare Committees and District Child Protection Officers to digitally oversee the restoration and rehabilitation progress of each case.
• Utilizes a checklist format to identify children facing challenges in repatriation or those not receiving entitled compensation and benefits.
Government Schemes Integration:
• Provides a list of government-implemented schemes, enabling Child Welfare Committees to link children with these initiatives during the restoration process.
Key Facts about NCPCR
• The NCPCR, established under the Commission for Protection of Child Rights (CPCR) Act, 2005, operates with a mandate to protect and promote child rights. Some of its key functions include:
• Examining and reviewing existing safeguards for child rights.
• Reporting on the effectiveness of safeguards to the central government.
• Investigating violations of child rights and recommending legal proceedings.
• Monitoring the implementation of key acts, including the Juvenile Justice Act, 2015.
• The GHAR Portal stands as a testament to the NCPCR’s commitment to ensuring the well-being of children within the Juvenile Justice system. By harnessing digital tools, the portal not only expedites the repatriation process but also reinforces the NCPCR’s broader mission of protecting and promoting child rights in India.
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