New Delhi: The Union Cabinet gave its nod on Wednesday to a proposal to make district magistrates, instead of courts, the final authority for approving adoptions. Since courts are overburdened and take a long time to approve adoptions, the district magistrates would now be the approving authority, law minister Ravi Shankar Prasad, briefing reporters after the Cabinet meet, said.
“District magistrates are in-charge of the child custody authority and have all the information about the child. The Cabinet has decided to make the district magistrates the (final) authority to sign the adoption order,” he said.
The move aims to reduce the number of adoption cases pending in courts for years. It will be easier for DMs to get the document cases and access to all departments.
Courts overburdened and take a long time to approve such cases, says the Centre
Benefits for Cane-growers
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- It approved a Rs 20 per quintal increase in the minimum price that sugar mills will have to pay to farmers for the 2018-19 season starting October.
Govt to amend RTI Act
- The government said on Wednesday it is considering a proposal to amend the Right to Information Act, 2005 to frame rules on salaries and services of Chief Information Commissioner and Information Commissioners.
- Many RTI activists have opposed amendments to the Act saying they are aimed at lowering the stature of Information Commissions from equivalent to the EC.
New medical college in UP’s Deoria
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