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Child Protection Day observed at Dibrugarh, Mangaldoi, Dhubri

By Bureau/Correspondents

DIBRUGARH, March 4 - A two-day conference on the theme �Discourse on duties and responsibilities towards protection of child rights� conducted by Assam State Commission for Protection of Child Rights (ASCPCR) concluded today at the Dibrugarh University.

Speaking on the occasion, ASCPCR officiating chairman Runumi Gogoi explained the importance of the day (March 4), which is observed as Child Protection Day in the State. The Commission was established on this day seven years ago, and since then it has been working for protection and promotion of child rights. The effort of the commission was recognised by the State and the establishment day of the commission was declared as Child Protection Day vide a State Government notification (Notification No. SWD.699/2006/Pt. V/78 dated 3-12- 2013) which makes Assam the first State in the country to have declared a State Child Protection Day.

Addressing the meet, Dr Alak K Buragohain, vice-chancellor of Dibrugarh University, made a special mention of the various provisions in the Constitution of India for ensuring rights of the children. He said that society has to take responsibility and that problems cannot be wished away by putting all onus on the administration. He noted that every child is talented and has potential, and that parents, teachers, and society will have to help children to unravel the genius in every child.

Former Gauhati University Law teacher Dr Ramesh Chandra Barpatra Gohain spoke at length on the legal rights of each child. He stressed that child rights have to be implemented to the full.

The two-day conclave saw discussions and deliberations on a range of issues related to child rights through six different technical sessions focusing on perspective and role of civil society, civil and police administration perspective, judiciary perspective, media perspective and perspective of students and youths.

Eminent panelists participating in these sessions included civil society organisations like NESPYM, PAJHRA, PRERONA and SEWA, government employees and Dibrugarh University faculty from various departments.

A special interaction with children of the Mrinaljyoti Rehabilitation Centre, and members of the Ladies Club of Dibrugarh University was organised, where children artistes presented songs and dance.

MANGALDAI: The Child Protection Day was observed at Mangaldai on Saturday along with the rest of the State.

In this connection District Child Protection Unit, Darrang organised a public function at the premises of Kasturi Children Home which was attended by internationally acclaimed economist and associated professor of Sam Houston State University Texas, USA Dr Hiranya Kumar Nath as the chief guest. In his address he lamented the recent incident of twin children in Sivsagar due to the evil effect of superstition and blamed the society as a whole instead of the accused for this heinous crime. He appealed to all in the society to come forward to create a crime free environment where each and every child may enjoy their childhood without any hesitation and fear.

The meeting anchored by Rasmi Rekha Sarma of Kasturi Children Home was also addressed by Bhupesh Ch Das, CEO, Darrang Zilla Parisad, Bidyut Bikash Bhagawati, ADC, Darrang, Dr Radhika Debi, Chairman CWC, Darrang, Amit Kr Hojai, DSP (Probationary), Bhargab Kr Das, senior journalist among others.

The speakers threw light on various aspects of children protection including illicit child trafficking, child labour, child abuse, child marriage etc., and role of the guardians, society, government etc., in protecting the children from such menaces.

DHUBRI: To promote the rights of the children the District Child Protection Unit in association with the State Child Protection Society observed the Child Protection Day, in Dhubri district library on Saturday.

Speaking on the occasion the chief guest of the programme, Additional SP (Headquarter), Gunendra Deka, said in a district like Dhubri protection of child rights is still a challenge, as the curse of child trafficking, child labour and child marriage is prevailing.

He said that to eradicate these issues the participation of the general people is highly necessary. �Child issues are such issues that cannot be curbed by the administration only. The general people should also be aware of it and help the administration by informing then whenever they see any such activities where the child rights are violated,� said Deka. The programme was attended by the members of various organisations working on the issue of child rights throughout the district.Anomalies alleged in Kaliabor block development schemes

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Kaliabor, March 4 - After 15 years of Congress rule, the people changed the Government so that a better administration could take over. One of the objectives of the new Government was to curb corruption. Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal has already directed the concerned departments to prevent/ control/ check corruption but at the same time some anomalies have come to light in Kaliabor and Paschim Kaliabor Development Blocks under Nagaon district.

In Kuthori and Amguri gaon panchayats under Kaliabor Development Block there are allegations of anomalies to the tune of crores of rupees. The people have alleged that in various schemes like MGNREGA, IAY etc., the panchayat members, the president and the secretary were involved in corruption. Tree plantation, rural road construction and highland construction in Amguri gaon panchayat showed the expenditure of crores of rupees but on the field nothing has been implemented.

Moreover in respect of IAY scheme, the panchayat members, secretary and the junior engineers have allegedly siphoned off huge amounts of money. Twenty-three beneficiaries have not yet received their allotted/ sanctioned houses till now inspite of their names being enlisted along with ID number and name and address in the Panchayat office list. These ID nos are 19422, 21019, 21089, 21143, 20671, 20717, 20718, 20720, 20733, 20761, 20736, 20787, 20789, 20832, 20809, 20811, 20812, 20425, 20429, 20430, 20832, 20833, 20845 and 21007. The Panchayat members have allegedly taken amounts of Rs 5,000 to 10,000 per house in the name of IAY allotments. In the official process, houses have been allotted in the names of the beneficiaries but the concerned panchayat officials/members misappropriated huge amounts in the name of allotment alleged the victims. The public has demanded that the concerned department should come forward immediately for a proper investigation of these anomalies in these gaon panchayats for the public�s benefit.

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