MACR petitions MHRC, seeks food grains for beneficiary children
Staff Reporter (Prem_Mani)
Imphal, March 29: Expressing concern over the pitiable condition of children beneficiaries of mid-day meal, ICPS and ICDS schemes on account of the lockdown enforced to fight COVID-19 pandemic, Manipur Alliance for Child Rights (MACR) has filed a petition to the Manipur Human Rights Commission (MHRC) seeking directive of the commission to ensure regular supply of scheme benefits to the children.
In a complaint to the commission, MACR executive member Keisham Pradipkumar stated that there are thousands of children beneficiaries of schemes like mid-day meal, ICDS and ICPS in the state and most of the children are from socially & economically backward families, who are bearing the brunt of the lockdown due to acute shortage of food grains.
He then sought attention of the commission to issue relevant directive to the government to ensure provision of rice & pulses, soaps, sanitisers and disinfectants to the 64 Child Care Institutes operational under ICPS. These institutes have around 3200 children under its care who have been declared as ‘Children in need of care and protection’ under the Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children) Act 2015. The NGOs running these institutes are facing severe hardships during the lockdown and they need special arrangement from the government, it stated.
The complaint also sought directive from the commission to the government to ensure provision of benefits provided for children, lactating mothers and adolescents provided to Anganwadi centres under Supplementary Nutrition Programme which is implemented by the social welfare department under ICDS. He also sought directive to ensure provision of food grains to the beneficiaries of mid-day meal scheme for 21 days to their respective homes.