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Thursday, April 17, 2008

My thoughts on the draft guidelines.

I glanced through it but hadn’t gone through the entire draft guidelines document yet but then few thoughts struck me about it. Some may be more significant than the others but they still require some clarifications. If you have some information that you can add to make clarifications, please feel free to do so.

First, towards the last quarter of 2007, there was a document with a very similar title as the current one that was posted on CARA web site. What happened to that document and the comments & suggestions that people may have given? What kinds of changes are being made from the old draft guidelines document to this new one?

Second, as you may have noticed it by now, the new draft guidelines document is posted on the ministry of women and child development web site but not CARA site. Last year, the draft guidelines document was posted on CARA web site itself. CARA works as an autonomous body under the ministry of women and child development. Comments and suggestions ought to be passed on to the Joint Secretary (Child Welfare) directly and not to the CARA secretary. What happened? Is the ministry sidelining CARA? Am I reading too much into nothing?

Third and the last observation is the annexures. If you glance through the document, there are several instances where the reader is referred to annexures but then there are no annexures attached to this document. Why? Is it deliberate? To me this is very important because there are some aspects of information that can only be seen in annexures such as price guidelines. I had tried to contact all the management committee members of CARA on this topic but to no avail.

Let us write to the Joint Secretary first to disclose the annexures and if you want to email to her, the email address is: jscw.wcd@sb.nic.in

Ruby

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