Recently, the Minister of Women and Child Development informed the Rajya Sabha about MASI Portal.
About MASI Portal
- Monitoring App for Seamless Inspection (MASI) was developed for synchronous monitoring of the Child Care Institutions (CCIs) and their inspection mechanism across the country.
- The National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR) has developed this application.
- The effective and efficient functioning of the mechanism for inspection of CCIs provided under the Juvenile Justice Act, 2015 (as amended in 2021).
- The app is linked to the monitoring Portal where the automatic reports are generated.
- This App enables unified inspections by Child Welfare Committees (CWCs), State Inspection Committees, District Inspection Committees, Members of Juvenile Justice Boards (JJBs) and State Commissions for Protection of Child Rights (SCPCRs) as laid down under the JJ Act, 2015.
- It serves as a single platform for inspections of all the CCIs across the country by any of the above stated authorities.
- Regular follow-up is done before and after the completion of cycle of inspection.
- The complete reports are automatically generated on the Portal as soon as the questionnaire is filled and submitted by the authority.
Key Facts about National Commission for Protection of Child Rights
- It is a statutory body established by an Act of Parliament, the Commission for Protection of Child Rights (CPCR) Act, 2005.
- It works under the aegis of the Ministry of Women and Child Development.
- Mandate: The Commission is mandated under section 13 of the CPCR Act, 2005 "to ensure that all Laws, Policies, Programmes, and Administrative Mechanisms are in consonance with the Child Rights perspective as enshrined in the Constitution of India and the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child."
- A chairperson who, is a person of eminence and has done outstanding work for promoting the welfare of children.
- Six members were appointed by the Central Government out of which at least two are women, who are having experience in Education, Child Health, Juvenile justice Elimination of child labour, Child psychology or sociology Laws relating to children.
- The members are appointed by the Central Government for a term of 3 years.
Q1) What is the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child?
The United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) is an international human rights treaty adopted by the United Nations General Assembly on November 20, 1989. It is a comprehensive document that outlines the civil, political, economic, social, and cultural rights of children worldwide, defining the basic rights that every child should have.