Financial Commissioner and Principal Secretary, Women and Child Development, Dheera Khandelwal said such registration had been made mandatory for all such institutions and organisations whether government or voluntary under the Orphanages and Other Charitable Homes Act, 1960.
She said all such institutions should get themselves registered in the prescribed format and the registration would be done free of cost.
Khandelwal said that all the deputy commissioners and regional officers had been issued directions for speedy registration and inspection of such institutes and organisations.
According to Section 24 of the Act, managers or owners could face strict action for illegally running such homes.
Non compliance would result in imprisonment or fine or both against managers or owners of homes being run illegally, she added.
The instructions come in the wake of recent reports of exploitation of orphans and destitute girls in shelter homes run by an NGO in Rohtak.
As many 94 children, mostly girls, were rescued from shelter homes in Haryana's Rohtak district run by an NGO, where some of the inmates were allegedly sexually abused.
Following a complaint by the National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR), Jaswanti Devi, operator of NGO Bharat Vikas Sangh that runs child and women protection houses at Sri Nagar locality in the city, and her son-in-law Jai Bhagwan were arrested.
The duo were slapped with charges of rape, molestation, wrongful confinement and criminal intimidation under the IPC, Immoral Trafficking Act, Child Protection Act, Juvenile Justice Act and Prevention of Bonded Labour Act.