SC pulls up Centre, states over missing children


It noted that the Union Territories which are governed by the Centre were the biggest defaulters.

The court also said there were two counsel for the Centre, including Additional Solicitor General (ASG) A S Chandhiok, but there seemed to be no coordination.

"The left hand doesn't know what is there in the right hand," it said, adding, "You are the biggest defaulters. You have no concern with children's issues. Who is the person responsible? Shall we call him."

The ASG said whatever he has to say he will place that on record.

The apex court concluded today's hearing by asking the ASG to file appropriate status reports on behalf of Ministries of Women and Child Welfare, Social Welfare and Home Affairs.

The court noted that not only the Centre but also the governments of Haryana, Madhya Pradesh, Meghalaya, Uttrakhand, West Bengal and Union Territories of Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Chandigarh, Dadra and Nagar Haveli, Daman and Diu, NCT of Delhi and Lakhshadweep have not filed their status reports.

The court had on January 17 directed the states which had failed to file their response earlier, to do so by February 5 while stating that if they failed to do so, then their Chief Secretaries would have to appear before it.

The apex court had on March 16, last year issued notices to the Centre, the states, the UTs directing them to file their response on the issue of missing children.

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