Odisha State Commission for Protection of Child Rights has been mandated under Section 31 of the Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education Act, 2009 to examine and review the safeguards of the rights provided under the act and to recommend measures for its effective implementation; to inquire into complaints relating to violation of child’s right to free and compulsory education and to take necessary steps as provided under Section 15 of the Commission for Protection of Child Rights, 2005. Towards realizing its commitment of Universalizing Elementary Education during 2013 onwards, the Commission has undertaken varied activities providing for equity, inclusive, quality and sustainable education in India.
Building upon its functions assigned under Section 13, 14 and 15 of the CPCR Act, 2005 the Right to Education Division of the Commission has been effectively monitoring the implementation of the children’s right to education through undertaking research studies, conducting fact finding enquiries, organizing public hearings, inquiring into and taking suo-motu cognizance of complaints, making field visits to interact with all the relevant stakeholders like officials from State education departments, school management committees, civil society organizations and district collectors; and to investigate and obtain the information regarding the gaps and challenges in the decentralized implementation of education to all children. The Commission has also been writing letters to MHRD on issues related to children’s right to education that requires policy intervention. The Commission has also endeavoured in organizing consultations and meets at the national, regional and state level, strengthening convergence and coordination between the SCPCRs and other allied departments of the government.