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Fri, 10 Jan, 2014 03:32:12 AM
Lack of manpower hampers smooth activities
FTimes-STT Report, January 10
 
File picture of the Ombudsman for children, Maria Kaisa Aula. Photo – Lehtikuva.
Ombudsman for Children Maria Kaisa Aula on Thursday announced resignation from the post because it had been becoming increasingly hard for her to ensure smooth services owing to a shortage of adequate manpower and logistics.
 
The ombudsman, who has been discharging duty since 2005, said she would resign at the end of April. Her tenure is supposed to continue until 2015.
 
“The work is creative and rewarding but at the same time stressful, because there is too few staff in our office,” said Maria Kaisa Aula.
 
The ombudsman said she took the opportunity to wish her successor all the best and also hoped for the improvement of situation in the office in future.
 
“I have been looking forward to establishing a new national authority that promotes human rights of children,” she added.
 
Other than the ombudsman, the establishment employs only four others – a huge disparity compared to Norway which has about 20 workers and Sweden 30.
 
The establishment that works under the auspices of the Department of Social Services and Health Care monitors children rights. The duties of Ombudsman are defined by law.
 
 
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