THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: The District Collector on Saturday reported to the Chief Secretary that the situation at the Kerala State Council for Child Welfare was alarming.
District Collector K N Satheesh told ‘Express’ that he had urged the government to take appropriate action to ensure the safety and welfare of the child inmates. ‘’If the present situation continued, the food distribution to the 57 child inmates at the adoption centre under the council will be affected soon,’’ he said. The council was in the news recently after its executive committee members were disqualify by the State Government for carrying out illegal construction in the old council building posing a threat to the destitute children housed there. The government, in the order issued on January 28, had also nominated two new members to the executive committee.
The old committee members who moved the High Court secured an interim order staying the government decision. When the government approached the Division Bench against the single judge’s interim order, it was directed to approach the single judge. The council office had also recently witnessed unruly scenes following disputes between old and new committee members over administration of the council. The District Collector’s report is based on reports he received from the council administrative officer and the City Police Commissioner. When asked whether the government would take over the administration of the council for the time being, the Collector said it was up to the government to take further action.
‘’The government will take an appropriate decision as a case in this regard is before the High Court,’’ he said.
‘’However, the situation warrants immediate intervention,’’ he added.