Best of PIB: 15 Jan 2017

SEZ India App

  • Launched by ministry of commerce under e-governance initiative
  • The App would help the SEZ Units and Developers to find information easily and track their transactions on SEZ Online System
  • The app is available on Android platform and can be used by SEZ Developers, Units, officials and others

The app has four sections

  • SEZ Information:This will have details of the SEZ Act, 2005; SEZ Rules, 2006; MOCI Circulars; details of SEZs and Units etc. It gives up to date comprehensive details on all the above aspects
  • TRADE Information:It gives access to important information / tools such as Foreign Trade Policy, Hand Book of procedure , Duty Calculator , Customs & Excise Notification and MEIS Rates
  • SEZ online Transaction: It tracks the Bill ofEntry / Shipping Bill processing status and also provides for verification. The app also helps the Importers / Exporters to track the status of ‘Bill of Entry / Shipping Bill” integration and processing in the EDI system of the ICEGATE
  • Contact Details:The access to the contact details of all Development Commissioners Offices, DGFT, DG System, DGCI&S and SEZ online

Adoption Regulations, 2017 to be effective from 16th January 2017

  • The rules have been framed by Central Adoption Resource Authority (CARA) as provided in section 68 (c) of Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children) Act, 2015  has been notified on 4thJanuary 2017
  • The regulations have been formulated by taking into considerations of the stakeholders-CARA, Adoption Agencies and Prospective Adoptive Parents (PAPs); and will play an important role in strengthening the adoption process in India

Salient features of the Adoption Regulations, 2017 are

  • Procedures related to adoption by relatives both within the country and abroad have been defined in the Regulations.
  • Validity of Home Study Report has been increased from two to three years.
  • The time period available to the domestic PAPs for matching and acceptance, after reserving the child referred, has been increased to twenty days from the existing fifteen days.
  • District Child protection Unit (DCPU) shall maintain a panel of professionally qualified or trained social workers.
  • There are 32 Schedules annexed to the Regulations including model adoption applications to be filed in the Court and this would considerably address delays prevalent in obtaining the Court order.
  • CARA shall be facilitating all adoptions under the JJ Act, 2015 through Child Adoption Resource Information & Guidance System (CARINGS) and all kinds of adoptions, including adoptions by relatives shall be reported to CARA which would enable safeguards for all adopted children by maintaining their record and ensuring post adoption follow up.

About Adoption Rules

  • Have been part of the Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection) Act 2014
  • The maximum age of the couple or single parent will depend on the age of the child to be adopted, but neither couple whose cumulative age is more than 110 years will not be allowed to adopt, nor can a single parent aged 55 years or more will be allowed to adopt.
  • The minimum age difference between the child and either of the adoptive parents should not be less than 25 years
  • A child when abandoned and found, the District Child Protection Unit (DCPU) will advertise regarding the child in the state newspapers within 72 hrs of finding the child
  • Also the Local Police will submit a report stating that they are unable to trace the child’s parents
  • Then the Child Welfare Committee will declare that the child is legally free for adoption as per the procedure
  • The PAPs will have to register themselves in the online with CARINGS
  • The home study report that will be prepared by the adoption agency will basically looks at the couple’s family, circumstances etc
  • Parents are given the chance to adopt on a first registered, first served basis. They will be shown three photos along with the details of the child. The parent has to reserve only one child (within 48 hours), if not his name will be put at the bottom of the list