The government introduced an amendment to the Juvenile Justice (JJ) Act, 2015, in the Lok Sabha on Monday to empower District Magistrates with the authority to grant adoption orders. It will make the adoption procedure faster for prospective parents, by avoiding delays in courts.
The Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children) Amendment Bill, 2018, revises the provisions governing adoptions in the JJ Act by making changes to Section 56,58, 59, 60, 61, 63, 64 and 65, where the word “court” has been replaced by “District Magistrate.” The changes are applicable for both domestic and international applications.
The Union Cabinet had approved amendments proposed by the Women and Child Development Ministry last month.
The government has said all adoption cases in various courts should be transferred to the District Magistrates concerned. The amendment states the objective is to avoid pendency of cases.
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