MACR organises Children's Cultural Meet

IMPHAL, 5th Oct: Manipur Alliance for Child Rights and Child Rights and You (CRY), Kolkata jointly organised the 10th State Level Children’s Cultural Meet under the theme 'Break the silence, end child sexual abuse, let's make a child friendly Manipur' at Tribal Research Institute, Chingmeirong here on Saturday.
During the programme, The Imphal Times editor Rinku Khumukcham, Child Welfare Committee Imphal West chairperson Thiyam Rajkishore, NAB additional SP Thounaojam Brinda and ZEO Zone III Thoubal Arambam Anilkumar were honoured with Child Rights Award 2019 for their relentless and commendable works with extraordinary efforts and commitments in the field of juvenile justice, journalism, education, combating drugs and alcoholism.
Addressing the gathering, titular King of Manipur Leisemba Sanajaoba expressed elation over participation of children from various communities in the programme. He said that it is high to instill a sense of nationalism and patriotism among the children for a progressive society in future. Manipur Alliance for Child Rights convener Montu Ahanthem, while congratulating the children who took part in the cultural meet, said that the cultural meet is a medium to exchange the idea of nationalism and cultural integrity of different communities residing in the state.
Highlighting the various problems being faced by children in Manipuri society, he said that the problem of child labour, drug victim, organ transplantation, child trafficking are rampant in the state and stressed that all stakeholders need to work in order to stop the menace.
Former chairperson of Manipur Commission for Protection of Child Rights S Saratchandra Sharma and CRY Kolkata associate manager Ashim Ghosh were also present during the programme which witnessed performances shown by children from different parts of the state followed by inspirational talk by IAS Pooja Elangbam.

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