Jharkhand to cancel licence of 7 children’s homes run by Missionaries of Charity

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Ranchi, Aug 14 (IANS) The Jharkhand government will cancel the licence of seven children’s homes run by Missionaries of Charity in Ranchi, said an official on Tuesday.

“The Social Welfare Department has accepted a proposal of the Ranchi Deputy Commissioner recommending cancellation of the licence of seven children’s homes run by Missionaries of Charity,” an official of the Social Welfare Department told IANS.

“A notification is likely to be issued after Independence Day,” said the official.

The Ranchi DC had ordered a probe into the children’s homes run by Missionaries of Charity. The district officials inspected the homes and recommended action as these homes did not follow the norms, the official said.

Two other institutions, Asha Sansthan and Kishori Niketan, have been given three months to improve their functioning.

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“Of the seven children’s homes, one had no building, another was not following the guidelines prescribed under the Juvenile Justice Act. The third home kept 43 children in two rooms and the address of another was found wrong. The fifth home’s licence expired, while some discrepancies were detected in other two homes,” said the official.

The Missionaries of Charity came under the scanner after a controversy erupted in June over “selling” of four babies. A sister and an employee of the Missionaries of Charity were arrested on charges of selling the newborns to a childless couple.

Ranchi Arch Bishop Felisk Toppo in a statement two days ago had alleged that the state had adopted repressive measures against the Missionaries in the name of investigating the NGOs. The state CID is investigating the funding of 88 NGOs.

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The state BJP has rejected the Arch Bishop’s charges. “The investigation is going on at the directive of the the Union Home Ministry. The Missionaries should cooperate in the probe,” said Pratul Sahdero, Jharkhand BJP spokesperson.

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