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Transfer of affected children sought


GUWAHATI, May 10 � The Assam State Commission for Protection of Child Rights (ASCPCR) has sought transfer of children who lost their parents in the latest orgy of violence in the Bodoland Territorial Administered Districts (BTAD) to the State homes for children immediately.

The Commission has asked the Baksa district administration to provide the actual number of such orphans for further action.�

The Commission has also urged the State government to ensure that the children affected by the latest incidents of violence in the BTAD continue their studies by providing them free books from the Sarva Siksha Abhijan (SSA) and taking steps to send them to schools immediately.

In its report to Chief Minister, Tarun Gogoi after visiting the violence-affected families of a relief camp at Narayanguri under Govardhan police station in Baksa district on Thursday, ASCPCR chairperson Runumi Gogoi also recommended that local administration take immediate steps to provide safe drinking water and nutritious food to children, especially those in the age group of 0-6 years.

Of the 200 minors at the camp, 85 are in the category of 0-6 years. The relief camp houses 498 people. �

Meanwhile, of the 45 bodies recovered so far in the latest conflagration in the BTAD, 14 were of children, while 10 are still being reported as missing.

The missing children are from NK Khagrabari, Narsignbari and Narayanguri villages under Govardhan police station in Baksa district.

The ASCPCR has asked Baksa Deputy Commissioner (DC) Vinod Sesenk to put the missing cases of children under the �Child Tracking System� so that they can be tracked effectively by various government agencies.

The Commission also intimated the DC about the UNICEF�s keenness to provide psycho-social counselling to all those children affected by violence in Baksa.�

Earlier, Gogoi visited the Narayanguri relief camp on Thursday to take stock of the situation, especially to get a first-hand account of the condition of children living in the camp.

During her visit, she also interacted with the DC and other government officials involved in providing relief to the affected, besides the inmates.

Expressing concern over allegation by some inmates about lack of proper food and safe drinking water at the camp, she directed the officials concerned to leave no stone unturned in providing them proper relief and rehabilitation to the affected, especially the children.

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