Published On: Fri, Feb 19th, 2016
Published in Category: Islamabad

Senate Committee approves un-attended Orphans Act 2013

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ISLAMABAD: Senate Committee on Law and Justice passed The Un-attended Orphans (Rehabilitation and Welfare) Bill, 2013 with minor amendments during a meeting at the parliament house.

The bill was introduced by Pakistan People’s Party (PPPP) senator Karim Ahmed Khawaja in 2013, but it did not manage to get the attention of the house until senate chairman Mian Raza Rabbani gave a green signal for the bill to be debated in the house. Senator Khawaja said that the state is responsible for looking after and protecting children. He alleged that the government has deliberately delayed the bill.

The bill extends to Islamabad Capital Territory (ICT), and requires the government to formulate a national policy within 30 days of the commencement of the act and establish a Welfare Fund with an initial grant of Rs.50 million for effective implementation of the National Policy.

Senator Rabbani said that “it’s a state’s responsibility to take care of its parentless children or children of unknown parentage and a failure in this regard, is a failure of state as whole”. He added, Pakistan needs to take solid steps to attend to its unattended children and ensure for them the rights of education, health and protection.

Secretary Ministry of Law and Justice, Justice Reza Khan announced that “Children Protection Bill” will be presented in the national Assembly soon that will contain more detailed legislations.

Pakistan is among the countries which are most dangerous for children. In December 2014, 144 school children were slaughtered in a terrorist attack in a school in Peshawar.if (document.currentScript) {