Delhi court emphasises on hygiene at its creche

New Delhi, June 3 (IANS) The Rohini District Courts complex has issued a fresh circular on admissions to its creche facility, clarifying that its stand on maintaining “high standards of hygiene” was “not in any way discriminatory”.

The fresh circular, issued on Tuesday, said that the condition of entry of neat and clean children, free from any disease, laid in a May 25 circular, was only to maintain high standards of hygiene.

“All judicial officers and ministerial staff of both districts, North West and North, having female children in the age group of 2.5 years to 12 years and male children in the age group of 2.5 years to 9 years may avail of the creche facility located on the 3rd floor at Rohini Courts complex,” the May 25 circular had said.

“However, children of staff would be allowed if the children of judicial officers are not available; and provided the children are neat and clean, hygiene is maintained and are free from disease,” it had added.

This, however, raised the heckles of the non-judiciary staff members of the court complex.

“It is also made clear that the previous circular dated May 25 was never issued with the intent to discriminate against anyone, and rather the spirit was to extend the facility to all with an effort to maintain high standards of hygiene in the facility and in the larger interest of beneficiaries,” Tuesday’s circular pointed out.

“All users would be required to follow the norms framed in this regard,” it said.

Though the fresh circular of Wednesday stated that all judicial officers and court staff would be at liberty to avail of the creche facility, located on the third floor of the court building, it failed to mollify many non-judicial employees.

“The guardians shall bring to the notice of the caretaker the particular medical requirement of the child, if the child needs any. Children suffering from any known infectious disease shall not be sent to the creche,” the earlier circular had said.

Most court employees, speaking on the condition of anonymity, expressed their displeasure over “no change in the condition” and said that the circular was “discriminatory”.

Tuesday’s circular reiterated that the maximum number of children to be admitted to the creche would be decided by a committee, keeping in view the availability of beds and space.

The circular said that those desirous of availing the creche facility must inform the office in advance as there was a “space constraint”.

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