NCPCR officials to hear child issues in Chandel

IMPHAL, 7th Oct: Officials of National Commission for the Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR) will be visiting Chandel district to hear the grievances of the people regarding child rights violation at the conference hall of DC Chandel office on October 18, informed Manipur Commission for the Protection of Child Rights (MCPCR).
Addressing media persons at its office here on Monday, MCPCR chairperson Sumatibala Ningthoujam conveyed that NCPCR has selected 115 aspirant districts from different states to address the complaints of child rights violation taking place in these districts and the commission for the first phase has chosen 50 districts including Chandel where bench/camp will be organised to hear the complaints of child rights violation.
Stating that instances of child rights violation have become matter of grave concern, she informed that the bench/camp to be organised at Chandel district headquarters would be participated by NCPCR chairperson; MCPCR officials; District Collector/District Magistrate; Sub-Divisional Magistrate; JJB members; CWC chairperson and members; SP Chandel; child welfare police officers; District Legal Services Authority members; Assistant Labour Commissioners (district level in-charge); district social justice officer; district nodal officers of minorities, SC,ST and OBC; district level education officers (primary to secondary); DIET representatives; Rural Development Authority district nodal officer; Department of Road Transport district nodal officer; PHED district nodal officer; District Food & Supplies Controller; Block Development Officers; district panchayat officer; chairpersons of local urban bodies and local rural bodies and Childline members.
The chairperson elaborated that one can lodge complaints about child labour, acid attack on child, begging on road by child along with their parents/guardians, physical abuse/assault, abandonment/neglect, child victims of domestic violence, ill-treatment in child care institutes, illegal adoption, child trafficking, kidnapping and disappearance of child, suicide, police atrocities against child, absence of school for children, sexual abuse, malnutrition, deprivation of Mid-Day meal, drug abuse, medical negligence and several others.
Sumatibala said that there should be a counselling room for children in every educational institute as per the guidelines but the rule is not strictly followed in the state and as such those educational institutions which do not employ counsellors for children may intimate the commission on why the facility is not provided.
Disclosing that the much-needed village level child protection committees for some districts have been formed, she appealed to all the concerned to not take recourse to customary laws while resolving issues pertaining to child rights violation in different parts of the state.
MCPCR has already recommended to the state government for formulating an effective child policy at the earliest so as to tackle the problem of rampant child rights violation in the state, she added.

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