NEW DELHI: The government plans to rank orphanages or childcare institutes in the country, a senior official said on Wednesday.

The move follows a study carried out by the ministry of Women and Child Development (WCD) which revealed that more than half of the total 9,000 childcare institutes surveyed were not registered under the Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children) Act, 2015.

Following this survey, WCD minister Maneka Gandhi wrote to state governments to ensure that orphanages were registered and infrastructure at these institutions was improved.

“We will be ranking childcare institutes in the country. We are yet to decide on the parameters for awarding ranks,” WCD secretary R K Shrivastava said.

The better institutions were those with “good facilities, toilets, cleanliness and happy children”, he added.

Under the law, “all institutions, whether run by a state government or by voluntary or non-governmental organisations,…

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