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By A Newsman

Kolkata, 29 November: BENGAL government has decided to make prior police verification mandatory for any couple intending to adopt an infant or a child.

This comes in view of the recent unearthing of multiple infant trafficking rackets active in different districts of the state.

The decision has been taken today in a high-level meeting senior bureaucrats of the state government and representatives of the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) at state secretariat Nabanna in Howrah.

The meeting was attended by chief secretary Basudeb Banerjee, home secretary Malay De, child welfare department secretary Roshni Sen, and a UNICEF team led by Asadur Rahman, chief of field office for West Bengal.

It was decided that in order to ensure safety and proper upbringing of adopted children, prior police verification would be mandatory for any couple intending to adopt.

Only after getting a positive report from the police, such couple would be able to adopt an infant or a child. Moreover, post-adoption, the government will monitor the status of the adopted child by arranging surprise inspection by district child welfare committees.

Apart from this, the government has decided that now on, UNICEF and state government officials would conduct surprise visits to both government and private hospitals in the state to keep a tab on the status of childcare and nutrition.