IMPHAL, Nov 14 - The State-level Children�s Day function was held at the auditorium of the Tribal Research Institute here with Deputy Chief Minister Yumnam Joykumar Singh as the chief guest. Social Welfare Minister Nemcha Kipgen presided over the function.
MLA L Rameshwor and Joint Director of the Social Welfare Department Bantee Singh Konthoujam were also present in the function.
Speaking on the occasion, Deputy Chief Minister Joykumar Singh said that children are the assets of future. There are issues relating to children with disabilities, mentally retarded children and orphans which have to be sorted out by giving proper attention, he added.
The Deputy Chief Minister said that special schemes and welfare measures for giving them education, proper healthcare and other facilities should be introduced. Special care should be given to children living in children�s homes, orphanages, etc., he added.
In her speech, Social Welfare Minister Nemcha Kipgen said that Pandit Nehru�s vision to nurture children by fulfilling their rights to education, healthcare, etc., has to be realised. The Department of Social Welfare has taken many welfare schemes for children, especially for marginalised, differently abled, mentally retarded and orphans in the State, she added.
The function was attended by students from different schools and children�s homes, parents and teachers. Reports of celebration of the Children�s Day also poured in from other parts of the State.
A PTI report from Itanagar adds: Arunachal Pradesh Governor Brig Dr BD Mishra (retd) on Thursday urged State Education Minister Tana Tedir to lay focus on elementary education.
Speaking at a programme at the Raj Bhavan here on the occasion of the Children�s Day, the Governor said, �With better education to children at the primary level, particularly in remote areas of the State, we will be setting up a strong foundation for our future generations.�
He also urged the minister, who was present on the occasion, to streamline the midday meal scheme, recover illegally-occupied school properties across the State and generate awareness against wastage of food.
The Governor said on Children�s Day, parents must introspect whether they are providing correct education and standards of living to their wards.
The Governor advised the parents to send their children to school regularly and ensure their timely vaccinations.
He said the State Government is also responsible for the well-being of the children, their education, health and physical activities.
Mishra called upon the children to make themselves good citizens of the country.
The Arunachal Pradesh Education Minister advised the children to maintain cleanliness and preserve the environment.
The students presented a programme on the occasion.