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CM�s children protection project launched


DIBRUGARH, Jan 5 - In keeping with the State-wide launch of the Mukhyamantrir Sunali Saishab Prakalpa � Surakshit Sishu Surakshit Asom, the district administration inaugurated the project at the District Library here in the presence of a large number of children. The project seeks to carry out activities to ensure protection of children from exploitation, trafficking, child labour and abuse as also to ensure their right to education.

The launch was jointly organised by the office of the District Child Protection and Child Welfare Committee. The programme started off with a rally from the Children Home in Jibon Phukan Nagar. Children from Maina Parijat, Children Home and a few schools took part in the rally.

The procession proceeded via Chowkidinghee intersection to the District Library. Deputy Commission MS Manivannan while officially declaring the launch of the project at the function stressed for greater awareness among the children. �In order to achieve the desired goal, children in particular have to be aware of their rights because they are most vulnerable. Most often children do not oppose. They neither object nor lodge complaints about crimes committed on them. They are shy and very often do not reveal. We have to make them alert and conscious so that the implementation of the project becomes successful,� he said. The Deputy Commissioner also called upon the stakeholders including NGOs to work together towards achieving the objective of the project in the district.

While Additional Superintendent of Police Hiranya Barman spoke on child trafficking, social activists and member of Birubala Mission Arpana Borah spoke on witch-hunting and Project Director of DRDA Arup Sharma gave a talk on various child welfare schemes implemented in rural areas. The programme was presided over by Dr Sewali Borborah, chairperson, Child Welfare Committee.

Our correspondent from Kokrajhar adds: A week-long �Mukhyamantrir Sunali Saishab Prakalpa � Surakshit Sishu, Surakshit Asom�, a State government�s plan of action on child welfare in Assam and an awareness programme, was inaugurated by Madhav Prasad Sarma, Deputy Commissioner, Kokrajhar today in the presence of children from various institutions, teachers, supervisors, ASHA workers, members from various NGOs and other dignitaries.

The programme was organised by the District Child Protection Unit (DCPU), Kokrajhar under ICPS and Nedan Foundation for Assam to create awareness about protection of children from trafficking, child labour, early marriage, substance abuse and alcoholism, witch-hunting, violence against children and the role of community in protecting children.

In his inaugural speech, Deputy Commissioner Madhav Prasad Sarma said that the programme has been organised by the State government to create awareness among the public and children on child trafficking, child marriage etc.

�It is one of the positive ways the State government is responding to the cases of child trafficking in the State. There are many cases of children trafficking in lower Assam districts and Assam has been placed in the second position as far as child trafficking is concerned, said Digambar Narzary, chairman of Nedan Foundation.

It may be mentioned here that more than 750 children have been brought back in the last 12 years to Assam, who have been trafficked from various districts of lower Assam, after being exploited at various cities of India.

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