THIRUVANANTHAPURAM:The state child welfare council on Saturday came down heavily against District Collector Biju Prabhakar, alleging that his ‘Thuglak-like’ policies have literally disrupted adoptions. Moreover, the District Collector is not ready to give up the post of the administrator even after his tenure ended, they alleged.
“The state child welfare council has rejected 1,500 adoptions. It is only because of the District Collector’s new rule that those who did not have a house of 1,500 sq.feet is not fit to adopt a child. Ironically, he is not supposed to frame a guideline as this power is vested in Central Adoption Resource Authority (CARA),” alleged general secretary of the council Sunil C Kurian.
“There were 1,500 applications pending. But he rejected everything on the basis that the applications could not be processed as they did not meet the requirement of having a house with 1500 sq.feet,” Sunil said. Some of the parents who were waiting for long to adopt a child approached the court and got a stay order, said Kurian. “But Biju Prabhakar has ignored the stay. Now, they are going ahead with the court contempt proceedings,” he pointed out.
Chembazhanthi Anil, president of the council, said that there is corruption in the Punarjani camp held by the council.