Published On: Sat, Feb 21st, 2015

Aadhar cards to be issued to all children in adoption agencies across India

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s2015022062600New Delhi: The two-day National meet on adoption organised by Child Adoption Resource Authority (CARA) of the Union Ministry of Women and Child Development concluded in New Delhi today. The meet concluded with the message that all stakeholders should make every possible effort to ensure that the interests of the children are given utmost importance in the process of adoption. The meet was inaugurated yesterday by Union Minister of Women and Child Development, Smt Maneka Sanjay Gandhi. She told the stakeholders that any kind of delay in adoption process will not be tolerated and entire process of adoption of a child should not take more than 4 months.

The inaugural session was followed by sessions on various subjects related to the process of adoption. During the sessions, various stakeholders including child care agencies, legal experts, representatives from MEA and UIDAI discussed issues and processes related to the implementation of adoption guidelines. The experts also addressed and took due note of the concerns and issues raised by various agencies especially Specialised Adoption Agencies (SAAs).

The proposed Guidelines Governing Adoption of Children, 2015 were discussed in detail at the session. The guidelines have been framed keeping in mind the issues and challenges that have been faced by CARA, adoption agencies and prospective adoptive parents (PAPs). With the new guidelines, it will become possible for PAPs to track the status of their application. It will also make the entire system centralised, transparent and efficient.

The Chairperson of CARA, Smt Deepak Sandhu, said that all stakeholders present at the meet are involved in the task of protection of rights of the children and all should work together to achieve this objective. She also emphasised upon the role of awareness campaigns so that illegal adoptions can be checked and the rights of the child can be protected in future.

Secretary , CARA, Dr Veerendra Mishra said that the proposed guidelines are child-centric. He also said that to give identity to children, Aadhar cards will be issued to all the children in the adoption homes across India. This has already been started as a pilot project in Delhi, he added. Shri Ashok Kumar, ADG, UIDAI said that Aadhar cards will empower the children with a Unique identity of their own which can be verified and authenticated online and thus it will eliminate false identities. Responding to the concern expressed by various stakeholders about the difficulty of making Aadhar card for infants and small children, he said that for children who are below 5 years of age, biometrics are not collected, they are tagged to the parent/guardian’s ID.

Legal experts also addressed the concerns raised by the agencies. Ms Aparna Bhat, former member of NOC Committee-CARA said that due caution should be exercised to follow all rules during the adoption process and there should be complete documentation to prevent adoption from being declared illegal at any stage. Regarding inter-country adoption, the representatives from MEA revealed that E-seva kendras have been opened to speed up and simplify the passport making process .

Earlier , the adoption agencies expressed their apprehensions about not getting enough children because of illegal adoptions at hospitals and maternity homes. They also pointed out the delays caused by the police and judiciary as well as passport authorities in giving clearances which harm the interests of the children placed for adoption. The agencies pointed also pointed out the lackadaisical attitude of state departments and agencies towards the working of these organisations.

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