The Madras High Court has directed the Tamil Nadu government to make the State Commission for Protection of Child Rights functional by December 31 this year.
The first bench, comprising Chief Justice MY Eqbal and Justice T S Sivagnanam gave the direction, while passing further interim orders on a public interest writ petition from a social activist A Narayanan of Virugambakkam, on Monday.
In compliance of the order dated October 10 last year of the Bench, the Social Welfare and Nutritious Meal Programme department had constituted the Special Juvenile Police Units, in all the districts and the State Commission.
The Social Welfare and Nutritious Meal Programme department had also sanctioned `37.32 lakh towards recurring expenditure for 2012-13 by a government order dated July 6 this year.
The counter also stated that the government was looking into the matter seriously and taking all necessary steps to make the Commission functional at the earliest. Further, the bench had directed the government to make the Commission functional from December 31.