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  Protection of Child Rights through Grievance Redressal and Monitoring

Introduction
The RTE which came into effect in April 2010 mandates that the implementation of the rights enshrined in this Act be monitored by the NCPCR and the corresponding SCPCRs [Section 31]. This is radical new feature and sets a precedent in the legislative history of India....
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Grievance Redressal Under the RTE Act
The RTE Act has made local authoritiesthe grievance redressal agencies and the SCPCRs the appellate e bodies at the State level. In this context it is necessary to establish...
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What can NCPCR Monitor
Section 31 of the Act clearly states that the NCPCR, along with their State counterparts will be responsible for monitoring the rights of the child under the RTE Act. A closer look at what exactly is to be monitored reveals that NCPCR will have to look at children and their rights violations in two domains:...
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Principles of Monitoring by NCPCR
The basic principles adopted by NCPCR in its approach to monitoring are as follows:
(i) That the most effective monitoring can and must be done at the local level by the rights-holders themselves, albeit through an institutionalized mechanism. The SMCs are in fact the ideal unit for a monit....
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Summing Up
The Grievance Redressal and Monitoring aspects of RTE implementation are new areas that the SSA structure will have to contend with as it functions as the vehicle for delivering elementary education in the RTE phase. It involves dealing with new institutions such as the NCPCR/SCPCRs as well as the “local authorities”, which have been given a rolein monitoring and grievance redressal. It also involves developing links with other government departments such as Tribal Affairs, Social Justice and Labour. The success of the Act will depend greatly on how well these linkages are established by the SSA machinery. It may be worth pointing out that the sooner these linkages are established the better, as the momentum generated by the passage of the Act must not be lost. The coordinated working of all aspects of implementation, grievance redressal and monitoring will be essential to ensure that the pressure on enforcing rights is maintained.