Berhampur, Dec 4 (LocalWire) The Ganjam district administration on Tuesday shutdown a shelter home for children run by NGO Good News India at Saheb Jenapalli, near Chhatrapur, due to lack of registration.
District Child Protection Officer (DCPO) Ganjam Subodh Sarangi said there were 134 inmates, including 78 girls and 56 boys, at the home. Most of the inmates were from Kandhamal and Gajapati districts.
Phase-wise, they would be handed over to their parents after producing before the Child Welfare Committee (CWC), he said.
Now they were lodged at Utkal Balashram, a child care institute run by the government, Sarangi said.
He said the Ganjam shelter was not registered under Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children) Act since 2016.
Meanwhile, in Gajapati district, the administration closed a shelter home at B.Sitapur in Goshani block and shifted its inmates to different hostels. There were 159 children (69 boys and 90 girls) at the home.
On the other hand, the process of shifting the inmates from a shelter home at Chandragiri has started.
Around 50 inmates have been shifted to nearby hostels; the process would be completed on Wednesday, said Gajapati DCPO Arun Tripathy.
As many as 109 inmates, including 75 girls and 34 boys, were at the Chandragiri shelter.
On Sunday, the Kandhamal district administration closed the shelter home at G.Udayagiri and shifted all its 142 inmates, including 113 girls and 23 boys, to child care institutions, running with the support of government at G.Udayagiri and Kalinga.
Except Chandragiri, all three shelter homes were being run by Good News India (GNI), while the shelter home at Chandragiri was being operated by an NGO with the financial assistance of GNI, sources said.
The government has ordered district collectors across the state to inspect all shelter homes following allegation of sexual harassment by girl inmates of Dream Centre Shelter Home at Beltikiri in Dhenkanal district.