Meghalaya gets its first Permanent Juvenile Homes
SHILLONG: The long felt need of the state vis-a-vis the protection and recreation of the children, who comes in conflict with law, is set to be addressed with the inauguration of the state's first permanent Juvenile Homes at Mawdiangdiang here on Saturday.
The incomplete structures of the Juvenile Home was inaugurated by the Chief Justice of Meghalaya High Court, Uma Nath Singh in the Presence of Justice TNK Singh and Justice SR Sen besides officials of the Social Welfare department and the police department.
The Observation Homes/Children's Home was constructed on an area allotted by MUDA, measuring 3 acres of land situated at Mawdiangdiang at a total amount of Rs 6.57 crore. The construction is set to be completed by March next year.
According to the Director of Social Welfare Department H Shangpliang, the observation homes will accommodate 33 juveniles, all of whom are boys. The Homes constitutes of two structures, each of which comprises two storied building with 4 dormitories (2 in ground floor and 2 in first floor), 2 caretakers whose rooms are adjacent dormitories, one in each floor.
Each dormitory can accommodate 12-15 inmates with attached wash rooms. There will one kitchen, one dining room, one storeroom in ground floor, 2 classrooms (one in each floor), two rooms for workshop (one in each floor), two libraries (one in each floor), two sick rooms (one in each floor), two office rooms, two playgrounds and quarters for superintendent and staffs.
"This juvenile home is a long felt need of the State particularly for our children because on a regular basis, our children who are in conflict with law are being picked and kept in a home which should fulfill the requirements of being conducive and homely but as of now, the department is accommodating them in a rented building in Cleve Colony which is not upto the standard as required per law," Social welfare Director H Shangpliang said.
Shangpliang further added that with the inauguration of this building, our children will be kept well and will be looked after well. "They will be given recreation as well as education. That is why this is a long felt need," he added.
The Director also informed that such home will also be created in other district headquarters. The government is planning to open another permanent home in Tura very soon.