GUWAHATI: Assam Governor Prof Jagdish Mukhi said, “Children are the primary assets of any nation and Assam which has 41 per cent of its total population as children is duty bound to create an enabling environment for their holistic development.”
Governor Prof. Jagdish Mukhi while attending the 6th Child Protection Day organized by Assam State Commission for Protection of Child Rights (ASCPCR) in collaboration with UNICEF Assam at Srimanta Sankardeva International Auditorium, in the city on Monday, said that while Assam has become the first state of India that has officially declared ‘Child Protection Day’ to be commemorated every year in Assam on March 4, State government has taken several steps for the protection of children from child trafficking and its manifestations. He said that with the declaration of child protection day on the day of establishment of State Commission for Protection of Child Right, a journey was begun for a significant development in ensuring a world for children wherein they (children) will have unhindered and enriching childhoods without any hindrance posed by any kind of abuse, exploitation, violence and neglect.
As per a press release, Prof Jagdish Mukhi also said, “Today’s children are tomorrow’s leaders. However, many a times it is seen that childhood which is the formative period of anybody’s life is ruined by some rogue elements. I am happy to know that Assam State Commission for Protection of Child Rights, under the leadership of Dr Changkakati has focused on the issues of child trafficking and its various manifestations”.
The Governor also hailed the efforts of the Commission and UNICEF for going the last mile and conduct consultative workshop with the victims of Child Trafficking who are presently under the care and protection of the Ujjawala Homes of the state.
It may be noted that the Commission in collaboration with UNICEF in its pursuit to protect the rights of the children and provide them a child friendly environment had done several consultations at the zonal level which culminated in the form of a State Level Consultation. The Governor hoped that the consultative mechanism would yield positive results for the commission to give pragmatic recommendations and set agenda for the protection of child rights and give them a conducive environment to their growth. The Governor also extended his thankfulness to Assam State Commission for Protection of Child Rights for taking the initiative of organizing the programme and also thanked UNICEF for extending their much needed support to the commission for organizing the same. Chairperson, Assam State Commission for Protection of Child Rights (ASCPCR) Dr Sunita Changkakati, Chief of UNICEF,Assam Tushar Rane, Inspector General of Police Surendra Kumar along with a host of other dignitaries were present on the occasion.
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