The Missionaries of Charity (MoC) run homes in Assam and all northeast states as well as the rest of the country came under scanner recently for unlawful activities.
The Women and Child Development Ministry (WCD) ministry has said that it has asked all states and Union territories to issue instructions for conducting inspection of all homes run by the Missionaries of Charity (MoC).
All the states and the Union territories have been asked to identify all potential institutions and organizations involved in unlawful activities.
The WCD Ministry has asked the states to keep a close watch on the maternity hospitals and other facilities, which may also act as potential places for illegal activities and child trafficking.
The states have been asked to submit a status report by the month end.
The announcement comes days after WCD Minister Maneka Gandhi ordered all states to get the child-care homes run by the MoC inspected immediately, reports the Hindustan Times.
The ministry also said they have instructed that all the state/Union territories should ensure that all the registered child care institutions, whether run by a state government or by voluntary or non-governmental organizations, are linked to specialized adoption agencies and are reflected in the online portal Child Adoption Resource Information and Guidance System (CARINGS) within one month.
CARINGS is an app providing adoption services. It is linked to CARA, the apex adoption body in the country.